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External Checks to Conduct Before a Road Trip

by | Jun 19, 2014 | Car Care Tips, Checking Engine Fluids, General Car Maintenance, Road Trips

Before traveling this summer, make sure to have the vehicle maintained properly. This can help the efficiency, reliability, and safety of it as well. Besides bringing the vehicle in for regular maintenances, you can also inspect the vehicle yourself. This is beneficial because you can notice if there is an issue starting to form. Anything out of the norm should be taken seriously. This can help keep the vehicle running as efficiently as possible. Having the vehicle inspected can help make it safe and reliable when you travel. Also make sure to have proper planning when going on any long road trip. With that in mind, there are some basic ways to check to make sure our vehicle is ready to handle the journey. External parts like the wheels and tires should be inspected. Also make sure to check other parts like the fluids. These fluids should be at the line indicated on each reservoir. Also notice any issues the vehicle might have like the dashboard warning lights illuminate. At any sign of an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in.


Headlights should be inspected

No matter where you are traveling; in night or day, having the option of headlights is a benefit. Headlights on a vehicle are used for seeing, but also for being seen. Headlights are great for seeing the road ahead, but they are also valuable because they let the driver be seen by more of the road, be it drivers or animals that happen to share the road. Headlights allow the driver the confidence to know that they are being seen, which is one of the biggest ways to prevent safety accidents. Another big reason to verify that headlights work is that having one that does not work at night can get a person a ticket in many states.

Brake Lights will need to be checked

Brake Lights should be checked every time before a person goes anywhere, road trips just happen to be a great example of the true importance of them. Brake lights should work on both sides, and have many components. In many cars, the rear turning signals and the brakes are in the same area of the lights. Also in that area is often the rear backup lights. Making sure that each set of lights works is another safety tip for the road. Like headlights, having a brake light that does not work is likely to get you a ticket if you are pulled over.

Tire Pressure is important

The wheels of a car are the first part that gives a tire connection to the actual road surface itself. Tire pressure plays a huge roll in traffic accidents because often it is something such as over inflation or under inflation that causes a tire to blowout. Checking tire pressure is as easy as getting a small gauge from an auto repair shop and looking up in your owner’s manual what the proper pounds per square inch should be of your vehicle’s tires. If you do not have your owner’s manual, you can often open the driver’s door and find a data plate that usually will say what these things are.