Getting Your Vehicle Road Trip Ready
Wheels and Tires
Tires that are not correctly inflated, or have worn out tread, are a significant cause of accidents. Blowouts and poor traction on the road can result in you not being able to stop quickly enough to avoid a collision in an emergency. Also, check that your tires are wearing evenly; uneven wear could mean that your car’s shock absorbers need to be replaced, or the wheel alignment is faulty. Either of those problems will affect your ability to steer the vehicle safely if you need to make an emergency stop.
Remember, to get your vehicle road trip ready you will need to check that the spare tire is also correctly inflated and has enough tread.
Check that your brake discs, drums, and pads are in tip-top working order and that you don’t hear strange noises or feel worrying vibrations when you brake hard. If you’re the least bit doubtful, visit a brake specialist for a professional opinion. Faulty and poorly maintained brakes are another major cause of accidents. If your brakes aren’t in great shape, your vehicle isn’t road trip ready.
Wiper blades should be replaced every six months, but it’s especially important that they’re replaced when getting road trip ready. Worn wiper blades limit your visibility significantly in rainy weather which means that you may not have enough following distance to avoid a collision in an emergency.
Before you drive off, you should also check your windshield for small chips and cracks and get them repaired before your road trip. Chips and cracks weaken the windshield, and it won’t protect you adequately if there’s a collision.
Keep a jack, lug wrench, and screwdriver in the trunk of your car in case you get a flat tire and need to change it.
It’s also a good idea to keep booster cables in your car in case your battery goes flat without warning.
A few more useful items…
When getting your car road trip ready, make sure to keep some road flares or hazard triangles in your car so that you can alert other drivers if you have a mechanical breakdown.
Add an emergency medical kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a fire extinguisher, and you’re ready to face most of the challenges that a road trip may throw your way.
Even when your car is road trip ready, accidents can happen. Contact Orlando Auto Body at 480-351-1734 for a quote and advice if you have a collision.