Proper Car Maintenance is Essential Before Traveling Long Distances

A vehicle is put to test when embarking on a long distance journey. Even the smallest problem on your car can cause delays on your trip and make it extremely frustrating. So it is in your best interest to make the proper repairs and adjustments before your trip. Always keep a car emergency kit that contains spare tires, a wrench, jacks, a screwdriver and any other tool you may need. Take your car to a mechanic for a thorough check up. Below you will find a few parts on your vehicle you should pay close attention to before your trip.

  • Engine
    Frequent oil changes are essential for a car’s engine. It also helps reduce the chances of damaging it.
  • Battery
    The battery plays a major role on in your vehicle. Fix any acid leaks and cracks or replace the entire battery. There is no real way to know when a battery will die. The normal battery life is usually between 2 to 5 years. If you’re battery is 4 to 5 years old then it is best to change it before the trip.
  • Tires
    Worn out tires are not safe to drive. They can also cause wheel alignment problems. Make sure the tire pressure is balanced.
  • Steering and Suspension
    Vibrations, knocking or other strange noises indicate there is a problem with your steering or suspension.
  • Electrical equipment and lights
    Poorly maintained wiper blades can put you in danger, especially in heavy rain. The horn and lights need to be checked as well. Make sure the AC and heater are working.