Many families hit the roads as the preferred travel method while vacationing. But many travelers do not take necessary preparation steps when getting ready to go on vacation. When traveling by car, there is more to getting ready for vacation than just making reservations and packing your swimsuit.
Did you know in 2011, AAA reported that more than 8.7 million motorists were stranded on the highway between Memorial Day and Labor Day? The report also stated that these breakdowns could have been prevented if a few simple checks were completed before hitting the road.
Here are a few tips for preparing your car, as suggested by AAA. If you do not feel comfortable checking your vehicle yourself, take it to your local mechanic who should be able to do a quick check for minimal to no cost at all.
Inspect all of the tires to make sure they are properly inflated, still have a decent tread on them and free of any nails or other damaging debris. Do not forget to check the spare tire in your trunk. This is important because should you experience a flat tire on the highway, you will not be stranded because your spare tire is flat too.
Check and clean your battery before leaving. Check the battery cables, making sure they are attached securely to the battery. Clean away any signs of corrosion to ensure there is a proper connection between your car and the battery.
It does not cost a lot of money to get new wiper blades, so unless you have replaced them in the last few months, it is suggested to do so before taking a long road trip. This will ensure the wipers work properly when facing wet conditions. Do not forget to refill the washer fluid too when you change the blades.
Depending upon how close you are to needing an oil change you may want to consider getting one done before taking a road trip. Not only will this be a task done, the mechanic will also conduct a few simple checks, that will give you some peace of mind before hitting the road.
You will save money and prevent any unnecessary mishaps by conducting these few simple checks before leaving on vacation.