Is your car ready for a road trip?

Summer is nearly here and what better time is there to see some sights with a road trip? Maybe you can visit family further afield or go on an adventure to somewhere new; but to do any of this, your car needs to be in good enough shape to make the journey.

In order to make it to your destination and return safely, we’ve compiled a list of things that your car needs inspecting to make sure you avoid any chance of a breakdown:

  • Check engine fluids and filters
  • Belts
  • Battery and terminals
  • Tyres and Tyre pressure

Now, there’s a number of fluids that need to be checked before a long journey; radiator fluid, brake, engine, wiper and power steering fluid all need to be topped up to adequate levels. Make sure all the fluids are clean, and that they are full. If they aren’t clean, then they need to be changed.

Inspect the belts you can see when you lift your bonnet for any wear and tear. If you notice any are deteriorating, then you need to visit a mechanic to have them replaced.

You can give your battery a complete check with a voltmeter. If you are thinking of going on a long road trip, then you will want your battery replaced if the charge is dropping below 12 volts. Check the battery terminals for any corrosion; you can clean them easily with a simple solution of baking powder and water. If the terminals are damaged, then have them replaced before you hit the road.

You should check your tyres regularly; but especially before a long trip. Look for any tears and bulges in the side walls as well as the tyre tread, if they aren’t acceptable then you will need new tyres fitting.

Check the tyre pressure to ensure the pounds per square inch (PSI) reading matches the information posted in the vehicles manual in relation to the weather outside.

If you’re in need of a car for a road trip this summer, then visit V12 for a great selection of used cars.