Before starting a car trip, it is essential to check our vehicle to ensure that everything is correct and prevent certain unforeseen events. In this way, it will be necessary to set up the car the days before leaving for the chosen destination.
In this article, we explain in more detail how to prepare your car for travel. Keep reading to find out.
First of all, it should be noted that it is necessary to carry out periodic reviews of our vehicle to prevent possible breakdowns and problems in any part of our car. To do this, consult the manual or your mechanical workshop to recommend how many kilometers or time you should do a review.
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Likewise, there are some elements that you will have to review indispensable before starting your trip by car. You can check them yourself at home or leave it to an automotive professional.
The tires will be one of the elements that need to pay more attention to. To do this, you must check that the pressure is correct (it should always be checked with the car stopped and cold) and check that the wear is not excessive.
In the same way, it will also be necessary to check the oil levels in your car. To do this, you will have to stop the car engine and let it cool down so that the oil returns to its normal level since the running engine’s heat causes the oil to heat up and expand.
It will be essential that you check your car’s brakes since they are one of the most important vehicle elements, and that can be a serious problem if they do not work well. Check the brake fluid, using the marks on the reservoir that contains it. Also, check the brake pads and discs through the side of the wheels.
Once the hood is open, you will also need to check other fluids like coolant, windshield washer, and radiator water. We recommend using distilled water to prevent the lime in the water from damaging your vehicle’s engine. During the winter season, you should also make sure that you have antifreeze fluid.
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On the other hand, before a car trip, you should also check that all the lights work: position lights, high beams, low beams, fog lights, turn signals, etc. In case one is damaged, you will have to replace the bulb or find out what the problem is.
Make sure you also have certain essential elements in your vehicle, such as:
- Signaling triangles
- Reflective vest (required by law)
- Spare wheel
- Basic tools
This way, you can make it clear that your car has broken down without taking any risk in the event of a breakdown.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff