There’s a lifetime’s worth of exploring to do in Canada, and when the summer kicks in, many families take an opportunity to explore the great outdoors!
But like any major endeavor, a road trip needs some preparation! After all, you’re relying on one thing to get you from home to a new adventure — your trusty metal steed. (That’s your car, of course.) If a tire blows or your radiator overheats, you could be in for some unpleasant scenery as you wait for rescue by the side of the highway. A tow-truck ride is a dispiriting end to an otherwise delightful vacation day!
So before you set out, sit down and make a list. What do you need to do to prepare your car for a road trip?
Have a roadside Assistance Kit
Start with the worst-case scenario first. If you do break down by the side of the road, you’ll need to be prepared to wait as long as it takes to get help — even if that’s overnight. Make sure your phone is charged before you set out, that you have a car charger, and that you have what you need in case of a roadside emergency. Your kit should include staples like a first-aid items, a flashlight, gloves and a tire iron, as well as emergency items like: chargers, flashlights, a gas can with backup fuel, a first aid kit, bottled water, blankets, and non-perishable snacks in your vehicle. These items should be a part of your road trip packing list. These items will come in handy if anything goes wrong, causing you to break down.
You should have car repair necessities as jumper cabler, tire sealer/inflator, light sicks, reflective vest, warning triangle, tire pressure gauge, tools, etc. but be sure to keep a well-maintained spare tire in your trunk in case of a blowout.
Being safe on the road is a priority.
Inspect Your Tires
Whatever you do, don’t start a road trip with worn-out tires. It’s dangerous, not just to you, but to other drivers on the road. If you see cracking, bulges or bubbles on the sidewall, that’s a warning sign. So is a thin tread. Depending on how long a road trip you’re planning, the miles you put on your old tires might just mean the end of the line for them. Don’t chance it — get ahead of the problem before you start your trip, and get new tires if you need them.
Properly Inflate Your Tires
This one seems simple, but you’d be surprised how often people forget to do it. Before you start out, get your tire pressure gauge (you do have one, right?), and check the air pressure in your tires. If your tires came with your car from the factory, the recommended air pressure will probably be included in your car owner’s manual. If they’re low, fill the tires up to the correct pressure. This will ensure that all tires are operating evenly, so that you don’t experience alignment problems as your road trip continues.
Check All Your Car Fluids
Most people remember to check their oil, but how about checking the rest of your fluids? Coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and window-washing fluid are all vital parts of your car’s operation. (Okay, so window-washing fluid isn’t vital, exactly, but it sure is convenient to have when you’re rolling down a beach road being peppered by bugs.) Make sure all your fluids are properly topped off. If you don’t know how to do it yourself, no problem — it’s an easy, quick fix at National Tire Wholesale!
Check Your Windshield Wipers.
If you’ve noticed streaks on your windshield the last few times it’s rained, you probably need new wipers. Not sure? It’s good to double-check. Pick up each wiper and look for signs of discoloration, cracking or jagged edges on the rubber of the wiper blade — the part that actually contacts the windshield. If you need new wipers, don’t wait until you’re at the top of that majestic mountain pass in a thunderstorm to find out! You can replace them easily yourself, or let the experts at National Tire Wholesale do the job!
Have you started doing these things already? Then pack your car and turn up the radio, because it’s time for some road-trip fun! National Tire Wholesale hopes that wherever your wandering heart takes you, you have a blast — and do it safely!
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