Driving Long Distance? What To Check Before Your Trip

If you’re planning a lengthy trip with your car, make sure you’ve gone down the check list before leaving the driveway. You don’t want to end up in the middle of nowhere with a lemon. Even the slightest problem like a damaged wiper or improper alignment can make for trouble. Some components of the car can only be checked by a professional mechanic in a garage. But there are some things you can do yourself to save time and money, and a lot of problems on the road.

1102202 pramo carretera mrida barinas Driving Long Distance? What To Check Before Your TripCheck the owner’s manual. It’s the number one source of useful information about your car specifically. Understand how to use overdrive when towing a trailer and where the jack is located if you have one.

Check your oil. Too many problems can be caused by lack of engine oil. If you are planning a trip, get an oil change before you leave. Check the automatic transmission fluid as well. Don’t be afraid of that dipstick.

Check the coolant levels. The levels should be somewhere between min and max. But be sure not to open the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Look for any leaks if the antifreeze is far below the min. Check the battery as well. There’s no way to tell if the battery will die, but notice if there is any corrosion, or even just be aware of the age of the battery.

Also check your belts, tires and steering components. Struts should be aligned and going over bumps should not be like your traveling in a solid rock. Check the joints and make sure you know where the spare tire and jack are. Consider buying a GPS system as well, to make your trip that much safer and easier.

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