With spring finally here, many people across the country are getting ready to stretch their legs and embark on a late spring/early summer road trip. Whether you are planning to hit the open road for a few days, or a few weeks, it’s important to do your due diligence before getting behind the wheel. That’s why we’ve decided to write this article detailing the four most important safety tips to keep in mind before any road trip.
Check Your Tires
Road trips can put a lot of mileage on your car, which can be an issue if your tires are already balding beforehand. Take the time to check your tires for any holes or punctures and be sure to measure your tread. This is particularly important if you plan on doing any driving in any snowy areas. Don’t forget to check the pressure on your spare tire too! You never know when you might need it.
Fluids & Filters
Every car has a deluge of fluids that it uses to keep everything running smoothly. From engine oil, to wiper, power steering and transmission fluids it’s important that you take the time to check, and top off, all of them before you start off on your road trip.
The same process should be applied to all of the filters in your vehicle. This is particularly important when it comes to the engine air filter. If that’s clogged, it can have a serious effect on your vehicle’s ability to accelerate—a feature, we can all agree, that is rather important.
Check Your Battery
The last thing you want is a dead battery in the middle of an unfamiliar highway. Before you go out on your trip, be sure to check your car battery for corrosion and ensure that the connection is as tight as it can be. That usually means that you’ll have to completely disconnect the battery, then clean the connectors with wire brush. Yes, it can be a little time intensive but the peace of mind that comes with knowing your vehicle is prepared for whatever you roadtrip has in store is worth the effort.
Brakes tend to burn out faster than most components on a car that is regularly used. Remember, squealing sounds whenever you brake are usually a sign that your brake pads are worn, and need to be replaced. If your brakes feel spongy when you press the pedal, you might be low on brake fluid. If you have any concerns about your brakes it’s important to get them professional tested before you take off on a road trip.
A road trip can be an incredible adventure, but as with all adventures, it’s important to do your due diligence in order to make it as safe as possible. If you follow these tips, you can relax knowing that you have properly prepared for whatever your journey will bring.
Of course, any time you plan on driving a car, it is also important to have a proper car insurance policy, with adequate coverage. To learn more about your current policy, or to inquire about a new one, reach out to TGS Insurance at www.tgsinsurance.com.