Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Things to Check on your car Before Vacation

When planning a vacation you may often spend so much time packing and getting your stuff together to worry about your car. When going on a driven vacation it is always important to give your car a quick check up before leaving, especially when going long distances. You want your vacation to be a relaxing and good time. Avoid having a disastrous vacation by avoiding these simple quick check ups before leaving. Below is a list of things you should check for when leaving for a vacation:

  • Check tire pressure. It is very important to check your tire pressure on a weekly basis anyways. It only takes a few minutes and may save you from damaging your tires. Give a couple minutes to your tires and feel better about leaving.
  • Oil change. Make sure before leaving that your oil is full and clean. When putting all those miles on your car, the oil often thickens and gets dirty. Make sure your oil is nice and clean leaving your car healthy.
  • Check all your fluids. You will want to check for your oil, brake fluid, coolant level, wiper fluid, and transmission fluid. These are all very important when it comes to car maintenance especially when leaving for a trip.
  • Make sure all your lights are working. Be sure to check for your high beams, low beams, headlights, turn signals, brake lights, tail lights, and hazard lights.

Checking for all of these things may turn a disastrous vacation into a fun filled, relaxing one. There is nothing worse than having car trouble in an area that you’re not familiar with. Check all of these things and have a safe trip! Also another tip is to make sure you have jumper cables with you at all times. You never know what to expect when on the road. We all make mistakes, follow these tips and you’ll be on your way!