Car Safety Prep for a Road Trip

Jan 18, 2016 by Darren (Driver Weekly)

If you are planning a road trip, then make sure to be prepared. With a little time and effort, it is possible to complete the must-do pre-trip car care checks. Let’s look at some of the simple tips that can be used to prepare your car for a fun and safe road trip.

Tire pressure

Even though a basic tip, many people don’t even bother to check the tire pressure before setting out on a road trip. A simple job like checking the tire pressure can help to avoid tire wear and improve fuel economy. Rely on a simple piece of equipment like a digital tire pressure gauge and match the pressure to the manufacturer’s standard. Most new vehicles have a tag on the inside door frame which includes the preferred PSI. Also, while giving the tires a once over, make sure to check the spare should it be needed in the future.

Wiper blades

Give the wiper blades a once-over to look for signs of damage, such rubber that is brittle, rough, or cracked. Also, it may benefit to have wiper blades replaced as a matter of course if they routinely leave behind streaks on the windshield when in use. The proper wiper blade function is that much more critical if planning to drive into a wet climate from somewhere that is usually dry and arid. A flash rain storm soon results in low-visibility if the wiper blades aren’t fully functional.  

Lights and indicators

Switch on the lights and give each a quick glance to make sure they are fully working. Also, do the same with the indicators. Check the brake lights by having someone press the brake pedal while you walk around to the back of the car. Defective lights can lead to difficulties in driving, an accident, or getting pulled over.

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