Preparing Your Vehicle for a Family Vacation

Making sure your car is ready for a family road trip is one of the most important steps in preparing for a vacation. Whenever you plan on using your vehicle for extended periods of time you should confirm that the vehicle is good to go. Breaking down along the way would put the ultimate damper on your vacation. Before hitting the road, check your car over to make sure the following elements have been properly serviced.

Check all vital fluids

Vital fluids such as oil, windshield washer fluid, radiator fluid, and transmission fluid are crucial to the proper performance of your vehicle. Make sure all of these fluids are filled in your vehicle. Also, make sure you are not due for an oil change, or going to be due for an oil change along the way. It is better to get your oil changed before the trip than to go over the recommended interval designated by your vehicle’s user manual.

Construct an emergency kit

No matter the time of year, your vehicle should always be stocked with an emergency kit. On a road trip, this is especially important for your family’s safety. Included in this emergency kit, which can be easily stowed in the truck of your vehicle, should be safety items such as: a first aid kit, blanket, bottled water, and snacks. The kit should also include emergency equipment you might need such as: flares, tools, jumper cables, and a flashlight with extra batteries.

Check tire pressure and wear

It is important to check your vehicle’s tire pressure and wear before hitting the road. If your tires are over-inflated, it can cause stress and premature wear on the tires. To check if you need new tires, or if your tires are due for a rotation, take a penny and stick it between two treads of the tire. If you can see all of Abe Lincoln’s head, you are due for new tires or a tire rotation. Consult your local service station for a professional consultation. Proper inflation and rotation of tires can increase the safety and control of your vehicle, as well as save you money on gas.

Check all lights

In order to protect your family and avoid getting a ticket, be sure to check all of your vehicle’s lights before taking off on your family road trip. You should check your headlights, taillights, turn signals, and finally, your license plate light.

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