Get your vehicle road trip ready with this handy pre-trip checklist.
Now that summer is here, many of us are planning our next summer road trip. Whether it’s to a festival, to the ocean, or to visit relatives, it’s likely that a road trip this season is in the cards. There are few things that can sour a road trip faster than a car that has broken down or being involved in a car accident. For the tips you need to keep yourself, family, and vehicle safe on the roads this summer, check out these pre-trip tips!
Catch up on maintenance.
Your owner’s manual will have a list of scheduled maintenance items listed by age of the car and/or mileage. If your car is due – or almost due – for any of these services, have them taken care of before you hit the road.
Check tire pressure.
Improper pressure in the tires puts more pressure on the engine, causes uneven tire wear, uses more fuel, and can add unnecessary wear and tear on the brakes. While you’re checking the tire pressure, examine the wheels for any signs of cracks, damage, or wear and tear that may warrant the need for new tires. Check the pressure in your spare tire, too.
Change the oil.
If you’re nearing the scheduled date for your next oil change, go ahead and get it done. Treat your car well and it will help you get to your destination smoothly and safely. You might also want to take a quart of oil with you.
Check the lights.
Make sure headlights, fog lights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights are all working. If any of the lights are burned out, you can likely replace them yourself or ask a mechanic to change it for you. If the lights look hazy and full, it may need nothing more than a good car wash. Clean headlights make a huge difference for visibility.
Before you leave, have a mechanic evaluate your fan belt, wiper blades, washer fluid, and hoses. Better safe than stranded!
Stock up the emergency car kit.
Ensure you have supplies in case you do break down. Carry water, flashlights, batteries, a car jack, tools, an extra gas can, and your insurance cards.
Review auto insurance coverage.
If you’re going to driving 2,000 miles roundtrip, you may want to secure extra coverage to compensate for the added risk of being on the road for hours at a time. Review your car coverage and talk to your insurer about gaps in your policy, working to fill them in before you hit the road.
Do you have more questions regarding your auto insurance? Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Young Insurance. Our experts are ready to address all your coverage needs.