Road trips are fun, especially to places warmer this time of year. But before you embark on your journey, you’ll want to make sure your chariot is prepped for the trek. Read on for some tips for preparing your car for a road trip.
2-4 weeks before you go
Get any major repairs/maintenance done. You obviously want to give the shop plenty of time to fix any repairs your car might require.
Check the coolant. Especially if you’re heading to a warmer destination, you want to make sure your car is properly protected.
Check the tires. Make sure your tires are inflated to proper pressure. Also check the tread; it may be time for new tires.
Check the spare tire. Just in case you need it, you’ll want to ensure your spare is inflated and that you have all tire-changing gadgetry necessary.
One week before you go
Clean out your car. When in doubt, take it out. The more stuff you’re hauling, the more fuel you’re going to burn.
Check the air filter. A clogged filter reduces fuel economy.
Consider joining AAA. They offer extremely helpful roadside assistance. They’ll tow your car if it breaks, change a flat tire, jump start the car if it dies, open the doors if you’re locked out, etc. Some insurance companies, State Farm for example, also offer these services to their policy holders.
One day before you go
Wash and vacuum your car. There’s no mechanical reason for this, other than who wants to travel in a dirty car?
Fill your gas tank. Might as well get it out of the way now!
The day of your trip
Load evenly and carefully. Distribute the weight evenly and don’t overload.
Relax...knowing that you’ve followed our guidelines, which should set you on a great start to your trip. Bon voyage!