If you are heading out on any road trips in the next few weeks or months, you need to make sure that you are prepared for the trip. Newark Crysler Jeep Dodge wants you to be prepared before you hit the road.
Whenever you are going on a road trip, you should always do a routine safety check on the car. Some of these things are things that might not cross your mind every day to check, but that is also why it is important to check before a long trip.
Check the Fluids: You want to make sure all of the fluids have been checked and topped off. When I say check all the fluids, I mean all of the fluids. This means everything from oil and transmission fluid, to brake fluid and steering fluid, to antifreeze and windshield washer fluids. If the oil has not been changed or you will be driving more than 1000 miles, you should have the oil changed before your trip. When you are packing for the road trip, you should make to bring extra fluids for the car in case of an emergency. There is nothing like being on the road and needing something immediately.
Check the Battery: Make sure the battery is holding a charge and is at least 50%. A typical battery lasts about 3 to 5 years. If it has been longer than that or if the battery seems like it isn’t working properly like dimmed lights or shows signs of corrosion, have the battery replaced before the trip. Also, make sure to pack jumper cables for the trip. It doesn’t matter how new the battery is, it can die if something is left on. You don’t want to find someone who can jump the battery but there is no jumper cables to jump the battery with.
Check The Lights: Make sure the lights to make sure all of them are in working order. This includes the brakes, turn signals, headlights, and taillights.
Check the Tires: If the tires are showing any sort of wear and tear, like the treads are getting worn down or worse still the threads are showing, replace the tires before the trip. Make sure to carry a spare with you, as well as a jack and the lug nut wrench that fits your tires. Also, make sure the PSI of the tires is where it should be.
Check the Brakes: You don’t want to be in the middle of your road trip, enjoying yourself when your brakes fail. It is important to make sure that the brakes are at least 50%. If the brakes are lower than 50% and you are going more than 1000 miles or will be driving on rough terrain like mountains, you will want to get the brakes changed.
Check Your Wipers: The last time it rained, did the wipers clean the windshield without leaving a streaky mess? If not, you want to get new wipers before your trip. Driving in rain is difficult enough without having wipers that do not work.
I know it might sound like overkill when it comes to being prepared for a road trip, but it is better to be prepared than to find yourself stuck on your trip. Being prepared will give you peace of mind while on the trip.