If you want to tick a few boxes on your bucket list this year, a road trip is the perfect way to fit the maximum amount of action into one holiday. However, a road trip can take its toll on your vehicle especially if it isn’t in tip top shape. Is your used car up to the job? Here are a few ways to find out.
Begin Beneath the Bonnet
Before you head out onto the open road, there are a number of safety checks you should make. Your bonnet houses a number of potential dangers that could affect your journey should you neglect to carry out these checks prior to your departure. Running out of oil miles away from home can be disastrous so make sure that you check that your oil levels before and regularly throughout your trip. While you are under the bonnet, check your transmission fluid levels and lastly check that your battery is charged.
Clean Your Air Filter
One thing that every driver needs when on a road trip is good fuel economy and you can improve yours simply by checking your car’s air filter. If your air filter is clogged with dirt and dust, your engine will not work as efficiently as it would with a clean air filter so it is wise to clean it or even replace it before you set off on your road trip.
Check Your Tyres
Are your tyres fit for purpose? The condition of your car tyres is extremely important as they connect you to the road. Checking your car tyres before you go will only take a couple of minutes but this simple task can save you hours of hassle once on the road. Measure the tyre pressure and check that it meets the correct regulations; you may need your car manual for this. If you bought your used car from a reputable company like Exchange and Mart, the manual should have come with your vehicle. Complete the tyre check by measuring the tread to ensure it does not fall below the minimum legal requirement. Failing to do this can result in a hefty fine that is sure to put a dampener on your road trip.
Preparing your vehicle for the trip of a lifetime needn’t be stressful, simply follow the tips above to ensure your used car is roadworthy.