Road Trip Preparations
The following articles are derived from the
Auto Logic library to help you prepare when you are travelling,
or planning a road trip. The articles are organized by subject
area. Please click on any one of the given articles below
to see the information.
10 Minute Pre-Trip Check List
Auto Logic offers three suggestions for a travelerís 10-minute
- Check all fluids. There are several fluids, in addition
to antifreeze, that require attention, including engine
oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield
washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the
electrical system, air conditioning and power steering,
as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may
be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in
marginal condition might need to be replaced.
- Check the tires. Check tire inflation and inspect the
tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment.
Also look for bulges and bald spots.
While a last minute checkup is better than no checkup, motorists
should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance
themselves or at the local service facility. A properly maintained
vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a
few dollars at the gas pumps.
Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of
costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides
an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one's own
technician who knows the vehicle. Especially important, it
provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee
a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions