Excited for that road trip? Cannot wait to drive your ride to your destination? I understand your excitement, but before you venture of on your journey, you have to properly prepare your car before anything else. It’s a tired cliché, but the principle of “prevention is better than cure” fits perfectly in this scenario. Let us discuss how you can quickly check your vehicle prior going the distance for your travel.
Anyone who has undergone a formal education in driving should be familiar with this acronym. This is a very handy word will assist us in our pre-trip, car-check routine. Let us dive into this acronym right now.
• Battery – This is the heart and power supply of your car. Keep it in top condition by checking its terminals, ensuring that they are dirt free and without smudge. If the headlights, wipers, and radio are all working properly, then you should be good to go.
• Brakes – These are perhaps the most useful mechanical parts of your car. Being able to stop a moving car is more important the ability to put it into motion. Check your hand brake and brake pedal regularly. Check too your brake pads; they should never be worn out. If they are longer in good shape, consider replacing them immediately.
• Lights. – It is impossible to drive at night without these, so check them consistently. Make sure that the headlights, tail lights, and signal lights are always functioning.
• Oil. – Ensure that your car is well lubricated. A car will have a hard time running without a sufficient amount of oil. Note that the engine could become damaged without it. Make sure that oil is changed on a regular basis.
• Water. – Our car will heat up as we drive it. That’s a given. So make sure that the radiator is filled with water and that your wiper or sprinkler water is also filled up.
• Fuel. – Gas is what keeps every car running; ensure that your tank is always filled with significant amount of fuel. If you are going far, you should consider leaving with a full tank and having an extra litre of gas inside your car. Just in case.
• Fluids. – Observe your brake fluids to ensure a responsive brake system. Don’t forget to also check the power steering fluid to ensure ease of steering.
• Accessories. – Check all the essential accessories such as your radiator and muffler. Depending on the model of your car, there may be other accessories so check them all out.
• Tires. – Check your tires; all of them should be without holes and any form of damages. Check too your tire pressure. If you are going for a longer than usual drive, it is wise to fill your tire will extra pressure.
• Tools. – Bring the necessary tools. This includes a tire wrench, jack, jack handle, screw driver, pliers, adjustable wrenches, and an Early Warning Device (EWD) such as reflectors. All of them may be handy once you are in a jam.
• Cleanliness. – This is not just for aesthetics, for a clean car will help you discover potential underlying damages. Remember too that the cleanliness of the car reflects on the driver.
• Horn. – The horn has many uses. When used at the right time and under the right conditions, it could just save you from an accident or two. Before leaving for your trip, simply make sure that are working properly. It should take more than five seconds. I promise.
So there you go! Complete the BLOWFATCH check and you will surely reach your destination in the safest way possible. For better performance, remove unnecessary things from your car to lighten up the vehicle. Consider getting a map too as it may come in handy. But remember to drive safely too as all of this will be useless if you drive recklessly!