Road trips can be an enormous amount of fun. They are most enjoyable when the ride is both safe and carefree. Simply getting into a car and driving to a destination far, far away without taking the proper preparations has the potential to be quite disastrous. Taking steps to perform a reliable five-point pre-road trip help the cause of getting to a destination without any hassles. Most of these steps are easy to engage in and can prevent a lot of woe on a trip that should be fun.
1. Check the Threads on Tires
A common practice before a long trip is to check the air pressure levels in a tire. Doing so is definitely recommended. Low tire pressure leads to wasted fuel and, possibly, a blowout. Blowouts can cause major accidents. Low air pressure is not the only potential cause of a blowout. If the tires are old, worn, and bare, the chances they will blow out on the road increase immensely. Have the threads checked by someone who knows how to assess their rating? Worn tires should be replaced. They are flat out dangerous.
2. Double-check the headlights
Headlights are almost universally ignored because, as long as the light works, there does not seem to be much of a reason to do anything. Such an assessment is not correct. Dirty, cloudy headlights could undermine the ability to see the road at night. While on a road trip, many rely on their GPS to get them to their destination. These drivers may be completely and totally unfamiliar with the road, though. Seeing a strange road at night is critical to maintaining safety.
3. Check the emissions
Problems with emissions can mean many things. The exhaust system may be having problems or, worse, there could be a leak in the fuel lines. A proper emissions check could aid in making sure various potential hazards are averted. Again, the theme here is to be sure the vehicle is safe to drive. Do so before leaving because this is really the best — if not only logical — time to do so.
4. Switch out the spark plugs it needed
Has a lot of time passed since the spark plugs were changed? Worn out spark plugs are not going to move a vehicle. Once the spark plug goes, the car won’t. In all seriousness, ask the best auto electrician available to change the spark plugs and make sure all the connecting wires to the vehicle’s electrical system are working fine.
5. Examine the drive belts
Drive belts can be overlooked when they do not make any noise. The belt might not be making any odd sounds, but the belts could be really worn and ready to snap. Once they snap, the vehicle is not going to move. Check the belts and have them replaced if necessary. Always get a gauge on how long the belts are going to last if they do not need to be replaced right away.
Of course, there are many more things that could be added to the list. Keeping regular maintenance performed on the car throughout the year makes completing all necessary items easier.