Travel Checklist for Road Trips

December 18, 2013

What to inspect on the vehicle before you travel

By following basic vehicle maintenance tips, you can help keep your vehicle running the best it can. It can also help save money on repair bills. This is because a small issue can be caught before it turns into a larger and more costly repair. Having a well maintained vehicle can also mean saving money at the pumps. A vehicle that is efficient can help save on fuel emissions. Have the tires inspected regularly The tires should have the air pressure checked on a regular basis. This is because a tire can lose one pound per square inch for every ten-degree decrease in temperature. You can find the recommended air pressure for your tires in the vehicle owner’s manual. This way you can help to prevent the tires from being under inflated or over inflated. The tires should also be inspected to ensure the tread is at the amount it should be. The tread helps to grip the road and provide better traction for the vehicle. The Oil should be checked and changed when recommended The oil for the vehicle should be checked often. The oil is what helps the engine to run properly as well as running efficiently. Oil that is old and dirty can cause issues to the engine and other moving parts of the vehicle. Make sure to follow the recommendations of when the oil should be changed. Also make sure there is enough oil in the reservoir. We can inspect the condition of the oil as well as change the oil when needed. We can also look at the oil filter to make sure it is in the best condition possible. Over time, the oil filter can become clogged from oil running through it as it catches pollutants and contaminates that might be in the oil. Having a clean oil filter can help to increase the chance of good clean oil going to the engine and other moving parts. Make sure to check the windshield wipers and wiper fluid The windshield is important to inspect. It should be free of any divots or cracks. These damages can lead to issues if they are not taken care of. The divots or cracks can obstruct an object that may be in the road. The wipers should also be inspected. Windshield wiper care is one of the most neglected car maintenances. Replace the blades every six to twelve months. It is also recommended to replace them whenever the rubber has become worn and damaged. Having good quality wipers can help keep the windshield clean. Also check to make sure the wiper fluid reservoir is topped off. This is especially important to do before you travel on long drives. Check the headlights and tail lights on the vehicle Make sure that the lights on your vehicle are working. Not only is this important for your visibility, but it is also so other people can see you. Having good working lights can help increase your field of vision when driving at night. You can also help to prevent an accident. Bring your vehicle in and we can check the headlights and tail lights for you.