Every summer many people go on road and day trips around the country. Traveling can be very fun while driving around the country. However anytime you are preparing to go on a long drive make sure your car is ready and safe before you leave. Here are some helpful and safe tips that you should take before you take summer drives.
Tip 1: Get your car a Check up and Tune up
It is always safer and wiser that before any major road trip you should go to a certified and honest mechanic to get your car checked and tuned up. The best places to take your car for a check up and tune up are places that are members of the Better Business Bureau or that have good reviews from other people. The important thing however is that you get your car checked to make sure it is working properly. Also tune up’s are good to get before a trip because then you will know that your car will be safe and ready to drive.
Tip 2: Get an oil change every 1000-2000 miles
Now it is wise to get an oil change before you leave your trip, and also to keep a record how many miles you are driving. This record is important especially when you are driving really long distances so you know when to get another change. It is also a good idea to bring a few cartoons of oil with you on your trip incase you are low.
Tip 3: Make sure all your lights and windshields are working
Some people don’t notice that a light on their car may not be working right. So before driving this summer make sure you check that all your lights are working. Lights include front, back, emergency, break, and blinkers. It is also good to check that your windshield wipers work correctly as well. Checking the lights and wipers are important especially when driving at night or in different weather conditions.
Tip 4: Wash, Vacuum, and Clean Your Car
It is always a good idea to wash, vacuum, and clean your car especially if you are going to have other people driving with you. Usually it only takes about 2 hours to clean a car. The best thing to do is to take your car to a car wash which can cost between $5-9.
Tip 5: Make sure you have a spare tire
Sometimes flat tires happen, and when they do it is good to have a spare tire and a jack handy. Make sure you have all the tools to fix a flat tire, and if you don’t know how to fix one you can always get instructions on the internet. It is also handy to have flare lights as well just in case you have to fix a tire at night.
Tip 6: Have a first aid kit in your car
Another safety tip for road trips is to have a first aid kit somewhere in the car. This is just in case someone gets a cut or bug bite you are prepared
Tip 7: Bring a Cell Phone
Technology is very helpful these days, and in case you have an emergency and you are on the road it is good for either you or someone with you to have a cell phone.
Tip 8: Have Fun
Summer is the time to enjoy your trip so don’t forget to have some fun!