With the holiday season quickly approaching, many people will be traveling to visit family and friends. While some people will fly to their destinations, others will be taking long road trips. If you are going to be driving a considerable distance, consider the following things you should do before your trip:
- If you have any concerns about your vehicle, take your vehicle to a mechanic several days before the start of your trip. You may want to have your vehicle checked by a mechanic if it has been a while, even if you do not have any specific concerns.
- If your vehicle is nearing the time for an oil change, do that before your trip.
- Check all the fluids in your vehicle. This includes the oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid. If you are unsure how to check these fluids, consult your owner’s manual, or take your vehicle to a car repair shop. If you are going to be driving in a colder climate, make sure your windshield wiper fluid has an appropriate amount of antifreeze in it.
- Check and, if needed, replace your windshield wipers. Whether you encounter rain, snow, hail, or just a lot of dead bugs on your windshield, you will want your wipers to be in good condition.
- Check your tires. If any tires need replaced, get new tires before your trip. Make sure all your tires have the appropriate air pressure, and put air in your tires if needed. Not only will this make traveling safer, but tires with the correct pressure will give you better gas mileage on your trip.
- Make sure all your lights are working correctly. Replace any lights which are not functioning properly.
- Make sure you bring along the appropriate emergency supplies. This includes supplies for a vehicle emergency as well as a medical one.
Even if you have your vehicle is in good condition, accidents happen on the road. If you are injured in an accident, an auto accident attorney can help you. Contact us to learn what we can do for you.