Here is What you Should Check in the Car Before Traveling

Going out on the road today is dangerous if we do not have enough precautions. There are many vehicles, trucks, and agricultural machinery. But, we can do something to prevent problems and discomfort. Checking the car or car before traveling is essential, not only to ensure our own and others' safety but also to prevent getting stuck in the middle of the route.
In some provinces, a Vehicle Technical Inspection is mandatory, which controls certain car aspects to diagnose. This, as much as one may question the business that hides behind it, It is useful for those who want to fix the car and avoid accidents.

Short Trips

  • Check the brakes: they respond well.
  • The low beams: That they work and the intensity.
  • Winks and beacon: all work.
  • Clean windows (read how to clean the windshield better).
  • Check the water and the automatic windshield washer.
  • Check the tire pressure: in a specialized rubber shop.
  • Oil, naphtha.
  • Security elements: beacons (triangles), fire extinguisher, and jack.
  • Car documents: DNI or ID, Green or Blue Card, Driver's license (license), Last ticket paid for mandatory insurance, etc.
  • A cell phone charged and with credit.
  • Bring change for the toll.

Medium Trips

  • Have the brakes checked: check the pads and tape in a specialized workshop.
  • Low beams, blinks, beacon, stoplight, tape, or reflective material.
  • Clean windows (read how to clean the windshield better).
  • Check the cooling water and the automatic glass cleaner.
  • Check the tire pressure in a serious and specialized tire store.
  • Check the oil. See the renewal date (change). Check that there are no leaks, stains, etc.
  • Security elements: beacons (triangles), fire extinguisher, and jack. Recommended: bring a screwdriver with pole finder, tweezers, a knife, a flashlight, and a cloth.
  • Car documents: DNI or ID, Green or Blue Card, Driver's license (license), Last ticket paid for mandatory insurance, etc. Papers and telephone of the crane service (mechanical assistance).
  • Map or approximate route: write down the road, a town to stop, which routes or detours to take. Take into account the largest cities if you need a workshop and ask for the gasoline and CNG stations on the route.
  • A cell phone charged and with credit. I recommend carrying in the glove compartment, along with the documents, $ 50 (or one hundred) for emergency expenses.
  • Bring change for the toll (about 10 pesos in double bills or coins).
Checking your car before you travel
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Check the Pressure

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Each one, depending on its size, type, and weight of the car, should have a different pressure. You can consult in the car manual, internet forums that talk about mechanics, or in a trusted tire store. It is generally placed between 25 and 35, always depending on the aforementioned characteristics. They should always be checked cold when the car has resting rest for a few hours and without charge.


It is the coolant circuit (and the radiator) to keep the engine cool. Distilled water is used, only in some models where it is indicated, the refrigerant must be added, but that will have to be consulted with the mechanic who advises you. Make sure you know where the maximum and minimum level is marked on the tank, sometimes you see very little; we recommend marking it with indelible fiber.

Check Your Brakes

It is essential to know that our brakes will respond to a need. Whether we come distracted, an animal crosses, we need to use them to stop at a traffic light or wherever, we must check front and rear brakes, in addition to the travel of the handbrake.

To determine whether it is in good shape, you should test them at a normal speed, and when operating the pedal, not feel noises, hisses, deviations from the direction in which you are going.

Windshield Wipers

If we get caught in the rain, a ground storm, or some inclement weather, the windshield wiper blades must be in good working order and operational condition. They are bought to exchange in spare houses, lubricants, and service stations.

Also read: How to Clean Car Windows

It is also good to always have the glass cleaning liquid tank full, with a special chemical that helps clean it, anti-fog, and remove the bugs that may stick on the road.


While you are on top of the vehicle, ask someone else to observe different lights from outside. Winks, beacons, a stoplight (when pressing the brake pedal), reverse light (when putting the reverse gear), low beams, high beams, position lights, and any other that car's model car you have had.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Uncomo