You’ve been planning a road trip for weeks and have even finished packing all the essentials.
The travel insurance has been purchased. Everyone going is well-rested and healthy.
The only thing you have to do before the road trip is ensure that your car is mechanically sound.
Here are 5 things to keep in mind when preparing your car for a road trip.
1) Make sure your engine is in a well-tuned state.
If your car has just been serviced, then you should be good to go.
However, if your engine has between 1000 to 2000km to go before the next scheduled service, you might want to send it in first.
That way, you’ll enjoy be most optimal performance and fuel economy during the road trip.
2) Make sure your tyres are in order!
Worn or damaged tyres should be replaced before going on that road trip.
Do not compromise the safety of everyone by thinking, “Sure still can one!”
Remember, tyres are the only connection between your car and the road. Do not scrimp on tyres!
Assuming they can still make if they’re due to be replaced is risking a mishap, especially if it rains!
While you’re at it, make sure that your spare tyre is properly inflated as well.
3) Have your camber and alignment checked if something feels off.
If you feel that your car is pulling to one side, or the old tyres you replaced had odd wear patterns, get your alignment and camber checked.
You don’t want to spend the entire road trip having to make corrective steering inputs.
That endangers yourself and your family members.
4) Ensure your car battery is in good condition.
If you’re unsure of how to do this, go to your trusted mechanic.
If your car battery has a charge indicator, pop the bonnet and check.
You don’t want to be stranded because your car can’t start.
For extra security, keep a pair of jumper cables in your boot.
5) Ensure your fuel tank is at least three-quarters full before you cross the border.
By law, even diesel-powered vehicles are subject to this rule.
You don’t want to be caught and forced to turn back after you’ve spent time queuing.