Auto Care Steps For A Stress-Free Road Trip
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How about going on a road trip to celebrate the summer, school is finally out and you need a break from the normal routine. Sounds like a plan but what would even be better is taking the necessary steps to take care of your car so it does not become a bother or a hindrance to you during this period. Issues of flat tires and dead batteries can be prevented by an inspection of your vehicle before the trip. This can be done by regularly servicing and maintaining the vehicle. Whether you do it on your own or you give it to a trusted service provider, just ensure to get the inspection done on your vehicle.
The following are some of the steps that you need to take care of when inspecting your vehicle;
Check The Battery
Check whether the battery is properly functioning that means it should not be undercharging or overcharging. Excessive heat on the battery will shorten the battery life.
Check The Tires
Check the tires to ensure they have enough pressure or increase it in case it is running low to decrease instances of getting a puncture. Also, check the treads from the tire to ensure they are not worn out. This is to provide a great grip and stability in poor weather conditions. Also, perform a wheel alignment on the wheels and check for bulges and bad spots.
Check All The Fluids
Check for the liquids that are used in the car such as the engine oil that is used to service the engine. The brake fluids should also be in check to ensure there is no friction within the brake pads, therefore, reduce instances of accidents that driver cannot be held accountable for. The coolant should also be filled regularly to ensure that the engine does not heat up. The windshield washer solvent should also be filled, this is to ensure that the windshield is clean at all times so as to ensure visibility for the driver and clarity.
Check The Wipers And Lighting
Check that all the lighting is properly functioning in the vehicle, this will actually be of utmost importance especially when driving at night to be able to see road users and to also be visible to them. Be it the headlights or the parking lights both are essential to the proper functioning of a vehicle. The wipers also need to be in proper condition and should be replaced whenever they are worn out so that you can clearly see the windshield in moments when it is misty.
Check The HVAC
That means check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system to ensure they perform their functions properly. They should cool the car to ensure interior comfort when driving.
Check Emergency Kit
Check to ensure you have a first aid kit and a lifesaver hazard sign well placed in the vehicle in case of any emergencies that may occur.
It is therefore imperative to ensure that the above steps are followed before deciding on going for a road trip to the Aberdares with your loved ones or colleagues at work. They are very basic steps such as checking your battery, checking the tires and checking the fluids in your car. These are important as they ensure the safety of your engine thereby preventing you from a number of accidents that may occur. You will be able to ensure these checks are done by visiting your trusted garage for your regular servicing and maintenance of your vehicle. When all these are done you can now enjoy the trip.