Before heading out on a long drive, there are certain checks that you should undertake on your vehicle – as you want it to be as safe as possible when it’s on the road.
Of course, as part of ensuring that you’re safe on your journey, you also need to make sure that you’re being responsible. Distracted driving is not only illegal (giving you a fine of at least $60) but is very dangerous. So safety also starts with monitoring how you act while in control of the wheel.
To help to guide you, here are 5 of the top things that you should inspect prior to your journey:
Check Fuel Levels
Ok, so this is likely to be something that you’ve already thought of. But that doesn’t mean that it’s any less important. Before heading out on your long drive, it’s vital that you check your fuel levels. If you’re running out of fuel, it’s not sensible to think that you can simply top up when you get to your destination or that you’ll definitely find a gas station along the way.
You should top up your fuel so that it’s as full as possible as you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere waiting for a recovery service to show up.
Look At The Tire Pressure
If you have previously neglected to check your tire pressures before going on a drive, now is the time to take action. Ahead of your long journey, it’s a good idea to check what your tire pressure should be (you’ll find what it’s supposed to be in your car’s handbook). Keep in mind that if there is too much air, it’s likely to cause a blowout. Whereas if it’s too low, fuel efficiency is affected.
To measure it, use a gauge (something that you can purchase from numerous auto stores) and use an air hose to fill it up if needed. One vital step towards making your car safer in all types of weather, it should be a priority before your trip.
Check That You Have Auto Emergency Equipment
Within your car, you should have certain items in case of an emergency. These can include a flashlight, spare tire, a cell phone, etc. These must-haves are ideal to have in case your car breaks down or faces another critical issue along the way.
Test Your Signals and Lights
While on your long drive, you obviously want to avoid the risk of being in a car accident. To help ensure that this doesn’t happen, it’s worth testing all of our signals and lights.
Sit in the car, turn on the ignition and ask a friend/family member to tell you if they are all working as they should. If you notice that one or more aren’t functioning, then you should invest in getting them replaced professionally or replace the bulbs yourself.
Measure The Batteries Performance
Often, people will forget to look at their car’s battery before heading on a long drive. But if it’s not been charged for many years, it could potentially stop working while on your journey. If you turn on your vehicle and it struggles to start, consider purchasing equipment that will charge it overnight and bring it with you for the drive.