Car Check List for Long Trip

Many small problems in the vehicle during a long journey can make life miserable if the vehicle is not ready before the trip. The explanation below is some useful suggestions that can be made a checklist to prepare the vehicle in the long journey.

Automatic Transmission fluid – Another important aspect that can cause a great damage if ignored is the automatic transmission fluid. It is always better to replace the automatic transmission fluid prior to the journey. A normal transmission liquid is red in color. The color of the fluid gradually turns brown and loses its thickness under high temperature. Depending on the mileage covered by the vehicle and the speed, the oil might even turn black

Checking engine oil – Oil is a healthy food for your machine. Most of the problems that arise on the engine are caused by improper engine oil usage. It is always important to periodically check the color and level of engine oil and replace it after the color becomes dark. Dark color means the oil is not healthy for the machine.

Engine antifreeze – The antifreeze or the coolant level in the overflow tank should be between “min” and “max” levels so as to ensure a safe and comfortable ride without the engine getting heated up. Any possible leaks inside the tank are indicated by unusually low levels of the coolant. It is always better to get the tank checked for leaks from a maintenance engineer before filling up the reservoir.

Battery – Any new battery usually lasts for a period of 2-3 years. If the battery is more than 4 years old, it is better to get it replaced. Another option is to get the battery examined by a service engineer or else carry a spare one inside the car.

In addition to my explanation above there are some other important things that need to be checked before traveling including tire pressure, brake fluid checks, power steering fluid, air filters, fuel levels, loose clamps, steering and suspension components, windshield and wiper lights. Certain emergency features to be taken on the journey include spare tire, first aid kit, tool box, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, backup bulbs, a bottle of engine oil and antifreeze liquids. Everything you have to prepare well so you can enjoy the trip with peace.