A car trip with proper preparation can be a
trip to remember. Every possible occurrence should be considered when preparing
your car for long holiday journeys. This includes everything from bad weather
to traffic backups. Mapping out the route of travel is wise, and so is getting
an estimate on travel time. It is smart to check the weather in your region
before leaving, so you can be as prepared as possible for delays.
For more in-depth checks, have a Certified Auto Repair Shop mechanic check for engine lag, add de-icer to the fuel system, and keep the tank filled with gas. This prevents moisture from getting into your tank and causing problems on the road. Check your headlights and clean them if needed, sometimes they can get foggy. Check your brakes, and repair any exhaust leaks. A two-hour stint in blocked traffic while operating a heater can place car passengers in a bad spot.
Have tires checked and make sure they have the
correct air pressure for the regions you plan to travel to. In winter, the
weather fluctuates, and snow is possible in many regions, therefore carrying a
pair of snow chains is a good idea. Allow your mechanic to place your car on a
diagnostic so any unforeseen problems might be found. A stretch of unfamiliar
highway is a bad place to be sitting on the side of the road, even if you have
It is normal to check oil, gas, and other car
fluid levels. If the car uses spark plugs, you want to make sure your starting
system is in good condition. Place clean filters in necessary places, and check
and carry spare fuses. It is also a good idea to carry spare hoses. Make sure
the spare tire is properly inflated, also, make sure you have your mechanic
check your belts, and the condition of your heating, defrost, and air
conditioning systems. Flushing the system is a good idea.
Carry emergency triangles when preparing your
car for long holiday journeys and make sure your car has a flashlight, water,
and a blanket. Oh yes, include a few snacks. It is easy to get caught in bad
weather and find yourself sitting for a very long time in traffic. These items
are not especially important to the operation of the vehicle. However, they
will be comforting, especially if you travel with small children.