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Preparing Your Car for a Long Distance Trip

>> Jan 30, 2015


After the winter season passes, do you plan to have a road trip with your personal vehicle? To anticipate a long journey, the vehicle must be in fit condition. Not only the driver should be ready physically and mentally, the vehicle must be in top performance. Before leaving home, your car must be checked and serviced first.

As a car owner, you should also know how to set up a vehicle for a long trip, so don’t just surrender completely to people at the car service. What should be checked in your car? Here I share a check list, compiled from various sources, including avanzaxenia.net. If you want to check your own car, the following list can be used as a reference.

1. Ignition
Check the platinum or coil condition, as well as the spark plug and cord. If the electrode looks somewhat black, clean it with fine sandpaper or replace with the new one.

2. Electricity
Check fuses, relays, sockets, cables, amps, alternator, and the instruments on the dashboard. Check out also the battery condition that includes pole terminal, battery water, and the whole battery cables. Clean the battery from the white crust with hot water. Once dry; oil the pole battery terminal.

3. Oil of the engine, axle, and transmission
Oil must be replaced periodically. If you don’t remember when the last time you changed the engine, axle and transmission oil; it would be safer if you change it with new oil. Oil changing can be done alone or at the workshop.

4. Radiator, fan belt, air conditioner
Make sure that the air conditioning and radiator work fine. If small cracks found, replace the fan belt of alternator and air conditioner.

5. Brake
Check all related to the car brake. You should check the drum and disc brakes at each wheel. Brake mechanism, brake cable, hand brake, and the brake fluid also should be checked.

6. Tires
Check out the air pressure of each tire. If there is no budget to buy a new tire, do the tire rotation where the better tires placed in the front position. Spooring and balancing treatment will make the steering wheel not vibrate when the car runs in high speed and it will be controlled more conveniently.

7. Preparing additional required equipment.
-Do you have more budgets to increase luggage space outside? To carry the goods, you can install the framework roof rack and roof box.
-Cool box to load cold drinks.
-Global Positioning System devices. GPS can help you in providing the information of travel route, restaurants, ATMs, and gas stations.

8. Bring medicine and required tools.
-Medicinine box. You can fill it with some common medications such as wind oil, wound cure, plaster, medicines for headache, flu, coughs, ulcers, as well as vitamins.
-Tool box of vehicle that contains a set of standard equipment such as wheel locks, a set of jacks, pliers, and a screwdriver.
-Extra spare parts and tool kits such as fan belts, 10A or 15 A fuses, insulator, bulb lights (brake, reverse, headlights), safety triangle, battery jumper cables, pen test, hammer, mini compressor, gloves, flashlight, and WD40 liquid penetration.

To anticipate traffic jam on common routes, prepare an alternate route and find the right information. Avoid running out of fuel by planning any location where you need to refuel back. Always apply safety driving during the road trip, and don’t forget to pray.

3 komentar:

Blogs Of Hariyanto January 30, 2015 at 10:01 PM  

mobil kalo mau dipakai untuk perjalanan jauh memang harus diperhatikan segala kondisinya, termasuk ban dan rem..karena itu biasanya yang jebol duluan saat di perjalanan....
keep happy blogging always..salam dari Makassar :-)

Putra January 31, 2015 at 7:39 AM  

Dont forget to bring money too :))

Lovable Derek January 31, 2015 at 1:29 PM  

There are some invaluable tips here. Great stuff!

Have a nice weekend.

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