Now that the weather is taking a turn for the best, it is the perfect time to get up early on a Saturday morning and set off for a trip to the beach with the family. If you are thinking about making a road trip this weekend, you will first want to perform some simple checks on the car to make sure it is safe for Travel. Here are some checks you can do this weekend in your car.
The most important thing you need to remember is that your car only has four points of contact with the ground, and these contact points are your tyres. Therefore, whenever you are planning on a long journey you need to take the time to check your tyres. To check tyre pressure, you can either buy a pressure gauge or visit your local garage. Make sure your tyres are completely inflated to help with grip on the road. While you are checking this, you can also check the tyre tread to make sure you have enough.
In the summer it is incredibly important that the car is able to cool itself on the road, the last thing you want in the middle of a journey is for your engine to overheat and burn out. Make sure you take time to check the water, antifreeze and coolant levels in the car to make sure that there is enough to keep your car running smoothly.
The worst thing you can have when on a trip is a chipped or cracked windshield because then you’ll have to stay on the roadside and fork out for a windshield replacement or repair. The best thing you can do before a long trip is to check your windshield for any small chips which could be aggravated, and also make sure that the windscreen wipers are working correctly. You will also want to fill up your screenwash levels.
The lights are incredibly important to have in your car to help you see during the night and to signal where you are going to other drivers. If a lift breaks during your trip you might not be able to replace it right away, and this could lead you to be pulled over by the police. Check your bulbs before you leave to see if they work and bring some spares along with you and keep them in the trunk.
The oil in your car helps to lubricate all of the parts and allow the car to run smoothly. If you don’t have enough oil in the car your parts can become staggered and they can become damaged. To avoid this, check your oil levels by taking out the dipstick under the hood and seeing where the oil stops. Fill the oil back up if you don’t have enough and you will be all set for the ride. Make sure not to overfill it too much though because this can lead to a huge mess under your hood!