Who doesn’t love a road trip? You get to get out of the house. Take a cruise with your loved ones. Have some fun. Forget responsibilities for a while and take a mini-vacation. Here are several safety tips for your vehicle that you must use in order to keep everyone safe as possible during the journey.
Do you know the date your automobile is due for an oil change? Double check to make sure – then change it. You can find the necessary information in the owner’s manual, and the day the manufacturer recommends a change.
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Emergencies happen. Be prepared for them should they occur. Common emergencies are a dead battery, which jumper cables could fix. Extra bottles of water should always be stocked. Always carry a first aid kit in the trunk of your vehicle. Think “Safety 101”: Screwdrivers, electrical tape, work gloves, reflective hazard warning sign, etc.
Road delays and unexpected line-ups are also a cause for emergency (because no one likes being around bored people who incessantly complain about their boredom). Pack extra forms of entertainment.
Without a battery that’s full of juice, your vehicle can die on you, leaving you stranded. Start your car and inspect your headlights – if they’re dim, the battery’s juice is low. Charge your volts to 12.6V or higher.
Transmission fluids and drive axle lubricants are just as important as the oil in your engine. While you’re browsing around your owner’s manual, be sure to look for the change intervals of differential oils. These points can be found under most vehicles and are admittedly a greasy job to do. They are well worth it.
Make a plan for stretching at regular, pre-determined intervals. While it may seem rational to go from point A to B with minimal breaks, this is counterintuitive to the health of everyone along for the ride. We are not designed to be cramped in small spaces for long periods of time. A 5-10 minute stretching routine every 45 minutes is more than enough to make good time on your journey while keeping your limbs healthy and your mind sharp. This tip is particularly useful if you’re a high-risk driver. Although high risk auto insurance is available, sometimes it’s hard to be a cautious driver.
We live in the age of technology. Almost everyone has a phone or other GPS system. However, when we’re planning for safety, we must rely on old-fashioned roadmaps of the areas we’re visiting/passing through. Devices and gadgets can break or die when we most need them.
If you’re wary about inspecting your vehicle for safety from top to bottom, hire a mechanic. He/she will inspect and service the basic maintenance of your vehicle. Your brake pads, air filters and other crucial items (that you may not have even considered) will be given a thorough examination. Mechanics are auto-specialists who knows the ins and outs of vehicles and can spot anything out of the ordinary that might put everyone at risk.
When it comes to the safety of yourself and passengers, no possible problem must be overlooked. Following these safety guidelines for your vehicle will maximize the enjoyment of everyone on the journey, without worrying about anything going wrong with the transportation. Should your vehicle have a problem while you’re on the road, it could cost hundreds to thousands of dollars to have a broken part fixed. This could be prevented by having a pre-road trip checkuo.