When it comes to unwinding or you simply want to wander, many individuals are skipping those pricey trips abroad and opt for more enjoyable and amazing, closer-to-home sights from the comfort of their own vehicles. Yes, and it’s commonly known as the land.

Road trips are pretty much common to Americans and to people in general across the world. So if you’re planning a getaway, remember that road trips are really tough to cars. If you are thinking that it’s way fun, it sure is but note that there are a few things which turn a vacation into a nightmare quicker than breaking down in the middle of nowhere. So, before you load the car and take off, make sure that your vehicle is ready to hustle.

So here are the best ways how you can keep your car ready and ask yourself if “are you road trip ready” as well.

A pre-trip inspection as part of an overall maintenance program is really essential. It can give you peace of mind and help prevent costly repairs during road trips.

Road trip ready

Always inspect and repair the following (if possible):

  • Radiator and cooling system, including water pump, fan and thermostat
  • Brakes, brake pads and brake linings
  • Battery and cables
  • Belts and hoses
  • Engine oil and oil filter
  • Wiper blades and washer fluid
  • Tire pressure and overall tire condition (including the spare).

And most importantly, don’t leave on a long trip with your car’s “Check Engine” light on.

This is really essential to know. Check Engine light appears when your vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) computer detects a problem. According to several state Air Pollution Control Districts, the CE light is designed to limit air pollution, this as well as alert drivers to a condition that can waste fuel and shorten engine life which could result to potentially expensive repairs.

If the light does come on, a quick check of your vehicle is really essential to check for possible problem.

On the other hand, you can try new automotive tools which are available today. Some of these tools include a website which let consumers run their own diagnosis, enabling them to verify the mechanic’s needs. And a good example is CarMD. This too provides a basic overview of possible issues relating to car’s electronic and emissions system. It provides convenience to many since it is said to cost less and can be operated by anyone.

Its lights indicate the status of your vehicle’s system just like how traffic signal works. A green light indicates that all systems are ready to go; a yellow light signals a possible problem while the red light means there is a current problem and service is required.

If further assistance is needed, one can easily connect to the company’s website and get an easy to understand report about your vehicle’s health which includes possible problems, estimated fixes, and repair costs.

Those are just the things you just simply need to do with your vehicle to make your road trip convenient all the way.