Before leaving, 7 Tips for Preparing Your Car Properly
Whether it's for a weekend, a few days, or a vacation, before you hit the road, make sure you haven't forgotten anything. From the vehicle documentation to the roof box and the tire pressure. Don't overlook any detail if you don't want your unforgettable vacation to turn into a memorable nightmare.
Anticipate the Overhaul of Your Car:
Caution is the mother of safety. If your vehicle flirts with overhaul, don't wait until the end of the vacation to take it to the garage. A car report will be able to highlight a possible mechanical fault that went unnoticed until then, and you avoid the fateful breakdown in the middle of the highway.
Check the Condition of the Tires and Measure their Pressure:
Tires are the parts of your vehicle that are in direct contact with the road. If they are too worn or not inflated enough, you lose grip and handling. Optimal tire inflation is essential for your safety, especially if you are making long journeys and your trunk is full.
Consult your mechanic or respect the values recommended by the manufacturer, indicated in the user manual of your car. Be aware that worn or improperly inflated tires considerably increase the fuel consumption of your vehicle.
Check Your Levels and Lights:
You need to upgrade before taking the vacation: oil, windshield washer fluid, coolant, brake fluid, All of your lights must of course work correctly. Consider the position of the headlights that you may need to adjust if your vehicle needs to be charged. Always have the engine oil and a box of bulbs in your trunk.
Intelligently Fill the Trunk of Your Vehicle:
If the volume of your trunk is small, you will certainly need to use your common sense and your skills as a Tetris player. Complete this task the day before departure, with complete peace of mind. Large suitcases are placed first, at the bottom of the trunk. Backpacks, gym bags, towels, and pillows can be wedged between suitcases.
The rear shelf is reserved for light and compact items that do not reduce your visibility, for example, jackets. If necessary, consider installing a roof box. Buy it well in advance so you don't run out at the last minute. Take the maximum load into account at the time of purchase.
Plan Your Route in Advance, Taking into Account Traffic Jams:
Road maps, GPS, smartphone applications: it's up to you to organize yourself as you wish, as long as you don't get lost. Some mobile applications inform you in real-time of the state of the traffic, alert you in the event of traffic jams or accidents and offer you an alternative route. Choosing the right time of departure is important for traveling in peace. Ride at night if possible and above all, stop regularly to take breaks.
Provide a Duplicate of the Keys:
No, leaving your keys inside the vehicle or losing them in the sand doesn't only happen to others. Take a double with you, slip it in a corner of your suitcase or hand it to one of the passengers.
Prepare All Your Papers:
You are so worried about your car, your luggage, and the logistics of your vacation that you might forget the most important thing: the papers. Passport, identity card, driving license, registration card, warranty booklet, insurance certificate. Review the documentation before putting it in a pocket. Place the pocket under your seat or in the glove box the day before departure. Ready to hit the road? Before you start, have your credit card handy to cover all your vacation expenses ... starting with the tolls.