How to prepare the car to travel
Before starting a car trip, it is essential to check our vehicle to make sure everything is correct and prevent certain unforeseen events. In this way, it will be necessary to do the set-up of the car on the days before it leaves for the chosen destination. In this article we explain in more detail how to prepare the car to travel.Steps to follow:
In the first place, it is worth noting that it is necessary to carry out periodic checks on our vehicle to prevent possible breakdowns and problems in any part of our car. To do this, consult the manual or your mechanical workshop so that they recommend you how many kilometers or time you should do a review.
Also, there are some elements that you will have to review in an indispensable way before starting your trip by car. You can check them yourself at home or leave them in the hands of a car professional.
The tires will be one of the elements to which you will have to pay more attention. To do this, you must check that the pressure is correct (always check with the car stopped and cold), as well as check that the wear is not excessive. You can see here how to maintain the tires.
In the same way, it will also be necessary to check the oil levels of your car. To do this, you must stop the engine of the car and let it cool so that the oil returns to its normal level, since the heat of the engine in operation causes the oil to heat up and expand. You can see in more detail the steps to follow to measure the oil level of your car.
It will be very important that you check the brakes of your car, since they are one of the most important elements of the vehicle and that can pose a serious problem if they do not work well. Check the brake fluid, using the markings of the reservoir that contains it. Also check the pads and brake discs, through the side of the wheels. On this topic, you may be interested in how to keep the brakes in good condition.
Once the hood has been opened, you will also have to check other liquids such as coolant, wiper water and radiator . We recommend that you use distilled water to prevent water lime from damaging your vehicle's engine. During the winter season, you should also make sure that you have antifreeze liquid.
On the other hand, before a car trip, you should also check that all lights work : position lights, long, short, fog lights, turn signals, etc. In case one is damaged, you should replace the bulb or find what is the problem.
Also make sure you have certain indispensable elements in your vehicle, such as:
- Signaling triangles
- Reflective vest (required by law)
- Spare wheel
- Basic tools
In this way, in case of breakdown, you can make it clear that your car has been damaged without any risk.