5 Things you need to do BEFORE your Road Trip!
On the road again ? just can’t wait to get on the road again! ? That’s the tune we sing in our house. We travel..a lot! By car! A couple of years ago, we traveled 18,000 miles in 4 months. There are always things that we do, like clockwork, before we head out on our road trip. You have to do these 5 things if you don’t want to have problems while on your road trip. Of course, there are things that could happen no matter what you do, but you hope and pray that they don’t.
These are the five things that you need to do BEFORE you head out on your road trip:
1. Check your Tire Pressure! If your tires all have the same amount of air in them, you not only get better wear on them but you also get better gas mileage. If they are out of sync with air, like if one has 30 and another 34, you will also feel it in your steering wheel while you are driving. The car may pull one way or another and it won’t be a pleasurable trip. It takes just a few minutes to check them and add some air if they off. Check on your drivers door jamb for how much should be in each tire or on the sidewall of the tire.
2. Clean your windows inside and out! This may sound like a “not so important” detail, but if you’ve ever driven in the dark with glaring headlights coming at you when your windows were dirty, then it makes it harder for you to see. The dirt on the inside of the window creates more of a glare. If they are dirty outside whether from bugs or just plain old dirt, once you turn your windshield wipers on if it starts to rain or drizzle, you will have quite the streaks and could possibly not see at all. We always carry windshield cleaner and paper towels with us and wash our windows outside every time we stop for gas.
3. Check your fluids. Power steering, transmission, and windshield washer fluid. This is a must to make sure your power steering is working correctly and transmission is shifting properly. You could also check your brake fluid to make sure it’s full as well as your windshield washer fluid. You don’t want to put your wipers on, smear the bugs and not be able to see only to find out you are out of washer fluid! You never want to pull off the road on the side of the Interstate either. Be sure to find an exit ramp and get off to be safe.
4. Check your lights. Turn signals, headlights, high beams and taillights. All your lights should be in good working order before you start out on your road trip. People need to see you when they are behind you or in front of you especially when you are turning or braking so you don’t get into an accident that could have been prevented with good lighting. I should also add to make sure your wipers are working properly too and have good wiper blades.
5. Change your oil! This is one of the most important things. Changing your oil is the key to a good, long running vehicle. If your vehicle has 75000 miles or more than it’s considered a high mileage vehicle and you should use Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® oil. If it’s under 75000 miles than you can use Pennzoil Platinum®: Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology.
My husband has our oil changed in our vehicles every 5000 miles. When we are headed out on a road trip, he will have it changed sooner if he’s not sure where we will be when we turn the next 5000 miles. Why you ask? You think that’s a waste of money? Vehicles can’t get to 200,000 or 300,000 if you don’t change your oil regularly. It’s the back bone of your motor.
So, when I know we will be going on a road trip that week, I like to save time. I head over to Walmart, drop off my vehicle at the Walmart Automotive Care Center, pick up snacks and drinks for the road trip, and by the time I’m done shopping….my vehicle is usually done! Plus, I love when Pennzoil is on Rollback from $39.88 to $35.88. But it’s only for a couple months until September 28.
In my younger days, I will admit that I didn’t know that much about cars. I will tell you though that I learned a lot from my husband. When we used to go car shopping for vehicles for my boys, the first thing that my husband would do is stick his finger inside the hole where the oil goes. If his finger came out covered in sludge, then you knew the vehicle wasn’t taken care of and might not last as long. Pennzoil oil helps clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind and that’s why we are dedicated to Pennzoil. It can also reduce leaks and oil consumption.
The best part of having your oil changed at Walmart besides everything I mentioned already….that list up above of things you should do before you head out on your road trip….they do it for you when you get your oil changed at Walmart! They will check your fluids for you, check signal, brake and taillights, check your tire air pressure and wash your windshield outside. Okay, so you have to do one little thing of washing your windows inside. No big deal in my opinion!
What are some things you do before you head out on a road trip? When was your last oil change?