Cars have become an indispensable part of our lives and we use them for our daily commute, for driving kids to school, shopping and what not. The ones among us who love their cars as much as they love themselves, keep them in great shape by following the prescribed service schedules from the manufacturers. While it is great to have your car checked up by professionals, there are some tips that you can follow yourself to keep your car in shape.
So we came up with an idea of DIY (Do It Yourself) articles and videos that will ensure that your car is road worthy at all times. Our first article in this series pertains to road trips and how you can prepare for one. Below are certain points, you should follow before hitting the road whether alone or with family / friends.
You can start with one of the most important things, like tyres. Ensure that the tyres (including the spare) are inflated with the recommended pressure; which would ensure that you get optimum grip and stability from them. Also, make sure that the tyres are relatively new and the tread on them is deep enough to expel water and prevent aquaplaning. If you are travelling with family and the car is completely loaded, you can inflate the tyres 1-2 PSI more than the recommended pressure.
Under the bonnet, you should check and ensure that everything is working as it should. The four main things that you should check – Engine oil, Brake fluid, Coolant and Windscreen washer fluid.
To check the engine oil – Pull the dip stick out and wipe it clean, insert the stick again and remove it to check the engine level. The engine oil level should be in between the high and low level mark. If the oil level is low, make sure, that you top-it up. To check the Brake Fluid, Coolant and Windscreen Washer fluid is relatively easily, the bottles for these would be probably translucent and have markings on them. Ensure that all individual fluids are between the high and low level mark. If the coolant level is low, you can use some amount of water and bring it up to the required mark.
It’s important that you also check the headlights, brake lights and indicators all around and make sure that they are working properly. You should also carry a phone charger and old newspapers, newspaper are more efficient is cleaning the windscreen in comparison to any cloth. Almost all car companies provide 24X7 road side assistance, make sure that you have number handy.
Make sure that you carry important documents (Insurance certificate, driver’s license, registration and pollution certificate etc.) at all times. God forbid, you find yourselves in an emergency situations, make sure that you have the supplies and equipment that you might need in case of emergencies - Jack, Spare tyre, Basic tool kit, water, First –aid kit, Emergency light, Food etc.
Watch a DIY video below that would help you prepare the car for a road trip.
While this is not a comprehensive list of things. Make a suggestion below if you have any, and have a safe road trip!
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