Going on a road trip has a lot of benefits. Not only is it a great chance to add adventure to your life, but it also gives you the opportunity to strengthen your bond with others and make lasting memories. Plus, road trips offer you more freedom than traveling by plane, bus, or train. If you want to stop at a breathtaking scenic area, you can. If you become bored with a town, you can leave when you like. For a road trip to be successful, however, you have to make sure that you and the people you’re with can thoroughly enjoy the ride and make it to your destination safely. That’s where good maintenance comes into play.
If you’re planning a road trip, these tips will help you prepare your vehicle for the journey:
Doing anything DIY can save you a lot of money, and it’s a good way to learn knowledge and skills in areas that would otherwise remain undiscovered. But when it comes to your vehicle, you want to make sure the work you do is sufficient. Whether it’s changing the battery, putting on new brake pads, or doing any other maintenance tasks, be sure to consult online guides for tips from people who have done it before. Also, look at reviews before purchasing auto parts and accessories; that way, you can rest easy knowing you’re using high-quality stuff.
Check Your Brake Pads
Brakes that function properly are obviously one of the most important parts of staying safe on the road, and brake pads are what allows your car to stop and slow down. Whether your pads last for 25,000 or 75,000 miles depends on a number of issues, including the material they’re made of and the way you drive. When brake pads need changing immediately, they will typically make an overwhelming squealing or screeching sound. But if you’re planning on driving thousands of miles on your trip, you may want to check them for wear regardless.
Check the Tires
Like brakes, tires are also essential for safety, but they can also affect how comfortable and fuel-efficient your drive is. Check your air pressure every 1,000 miles to make sure it is where it should be; if your air pressure is too low, it will bring your fuel efficiency down. Also, consider how long it’s been since you’ve rotated your tires because this helps your tires last longer. It’s best practice to rotate them every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. If your tires show signs of sidewall bubbles, dry rot or punctures, take them in for a replacement.
Freshen Up the Fluids
Your car requires several different fluids to function, and when to change each one depends on mileage, though sometimes more fluid simply needs to be added. Here are the critical car fluids and how often they should be serviced:
* Motor oil — 3,000 to 10,000 miles.
* Brake fluid — Keep the reservoir full.
* Transmission fluid — 30,000 to 60,000 miles.
* Radiator fluid(antifreeze/coolant) — Keep the reservoir full.
* Power steering fluid —24,000 miles.
* Windshield fluid — Keep the reservoir full.
Consult the owner’s manual for your vehicle, consider how far you have driven with each fluid and how far you will drive on your trip, and service the fluids accordingly.
If you don’t already have auto insurance, now’s the time to get insured! And if you’re new to the world of insurance, it’s crucial to first learn as much as you can about car insurance options. For a road trip (and peace of mind), your best option may be a full-coverage policy. This policy includes comprehensive coverage, which means you’ll be insured in case of weather damage, theft, or vandalism.
Getting where you’re going safely and comfortably is key to a great road trip. Try your hand at DIY maintenance, but make sure to look at online guides and reviews as you go. Be sure to check your brakes, tires, and fluids to see if you need to take any action to get your car in tip-top shape. Finally, do your research to learn as much as you can about vehicle maintenance, and don’t be afraid to take your vehicle in for an inspection if you feel like you’re missing something.
Author - Keith Jacobs
* at reviews - https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a7117/how-to-buy-auto-parts-without-getting-screwed-10-tips/
*25,000 or 75,000 miles - https://oards.com/how-often-to-replace-brake-pads/
*check them for wear - https://www.wagnerbrake.com/parts-matter/automotive-repair-and-maintenance/how-to-check-brake-pads.html
*fuel-efficient - https://procarmechanics.com/how-tire-pressure-affects-mpg/
*rotate them - https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-rotate-your-car-tires/
*sidewall bubbles - https://resources.tireamerica.com/research/side-bubble-in-tire
*Motor oil - https://www.jimellishyundai.com/blog/2018/june/20/10-signs-that-your-engine-needs-an-oil-change-or-maintenance.htm
*Transmission fluid - https://www.cartalk.com/content/service-your-car-14
*Windshield fluid - https://peakauto.com/products/windshield-wipers-and-fluid/windshield-wash/\
*you’ll be insured - https://www.autoinsurance.org/what-is-the-average-cost-difference-between-affordable-full-coverage-auto-insurance-and-minimum-coverage/