To avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazard of breaking down miles away from home. A pre-trip vehicle health check can determine how road ready your vehicle is and if there is a problem you have time to fix it before you set off so your road trip is worry free.
Things to check before a road trip:
Check the tyres including tyre pressure and tread. Underinflated tyres reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tyres should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
Check the hoses and belts as they can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
Check filters and fluids including engine oil, power steering and brake, and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
Check the brakes and battery to be sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free and that the brakes are functioning properly.