The holiday season usually spells one of two things – welcoming family and friends to your place or traveling to meet them at theirs.
If you are planning the second activity, then getting your car road ready is pivotal. We have all seen the movie Trains, Planes, and Automobiles and some of us even wasted our time with movies like Are We There Yet – the point is – when you are about to drive towards the horizon you need to be ready for what is out there.
Whether you are traveling on fine highways or muddy roads, if you are not prepared, you could end up with all kinds of car trouble in places where roadside assistance might not be readily available. Which is why a fully functional car should be your number one priority.
Important Car Checks for a Long Trip
There are a number of car checks you need to perform any time you are planning on hitting the road for an extended period of time. Here are a few tips from Accurate Service on how to make sure your car is road ready for a long trip this holiday season–
Check if your Battery is Fully Charged
Battery trouble is not what you want when you are on the road on normal days, much less when you take a long trip.
So, our number one tip is to check your battery before leaving. If you are not confident about checking your car battery condition, then take your car to a professional mechanic for a checkup and to get it charged.
Also, don’t forget to carry your jumper cables, just in case. It is always better to be prepared!
Fill Up All Car Fluids
Make sure all your car fluids (including engine oil, transmission oil, coolants, windshield oil, brake fluid, and power steering fluid) are topped up.
If you are not comfortable doing it yourself, any pro can top you up or clean and refill the required fluids.
If you don’t want to end up with a flat on some isolated dirt road, check your car tires for pressure and good treads before leaving. Again, a professional mechanic can easily carry out the necessary checks.
Load GPS with Travel Destinations
If you are going to drive on unfamiliar roads, a GPS can keep you from getting lost. So, make sure your GPS is loaded with the maps and directions you will need for your trip.
While we are talking about technology, don’t forget to pack your phone charger! You’ll be surprised by how many people forget to pack their phone chargers while going on a trip.
Ensure your Car has Roadside Protection
Getting roadside assistance protection is an astute idea. Car trouble can hit at any time. Speak with your insurance company or check if it comes under your dealer warranty. That way, if you do face car trouble, you will have a number ready to call.
Stock up your First-aid and Emergency Kit
Whether you are traveling alone or with family and friends, a first-aid kit is a crucial component of safe traveling. Also, if you or anyone you are traveling with has a health condition, make sure you carry their medication for the duration of your travels.
If you are going to be on the road, you will need certain emergency supplies, including; extra blankets, clean water, a flashlight with an extra set of batteries, fire extinguisher, and a supply of energy bars.
Take in the Scenery
Finally, when you plan a road trip, try and fit in some state roads so you have an opportunity to explore new and fun destinations and scenery whenever possible. Road trips, after all, are about discovering and enjoying new locations.
When You Travel
Everyone has their own reasons for going on road trips. Whether you are going to be traveling within the state or crossing borders, it is best to have your car fully serviced and checked out by a professional mechanic before you hit the pavement and set out for the great beyond.
Car Mechanics you can Trust!
If you are going to be traveling through Tuscan, Arizona and need a professional car mechanic, you can reach Accurate Service at 520-620-9129. You can also easily schedule an online appointment with us here.