5 Must Know Ways to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

Spring is right around the corner. After being stuck inside all winter, we’re sure you’re eager to
get out and enjoy some exploring. Before taking off on your road trip, you always want to
spend some time caring for your car to get it ready. The last thing you want to happen is for
your car to break down hundreds of miles away from home. Save time, money, and stress by
being prepared ahead of time. Here is HERO’s list of top 5 ways to prepare your car for a road
trip:
 

Winter's coming to an end. Get you and your car ready for spring!

Winter's coming to an end. Get you and your car ready for spring!

 

1. Check fluids
There are six vital fluids to your car’s life: oil, radiator, brake, transmission, power steering,
and windshield wiper fluid. Be sure that all of the levels are okay and get all of the following
checked regularly especially before taking your car on a long trip.
 

A tire blow out could be detrimental. Make sure all of your tires are looking good before hitting the road.

A tire blow out could be detrimental. Make sure all of your tires are looking good before hitting the road.

2. Tires
Getting your tires checked is essential. A flat tire can be extremely dangerous. Make sure
that there aren’t any tears, bulges, or nails in the tire. The depth of its tread will show you
when it’s time for new ones. Be sure that you have all necessary tools in order to fix a flat
such as a tire wrench, car jack, and spare. If you’re road tripping to somewhere cold, switch
to winter tires.

 

Clean your lights and replace bulbs if needed!

Clean your lights and replace bulbs if needed!

3. Lights
Check all of your lights such as turning signals, high beams, tail lights, hazard lights, and
brake lights. If any are burned out, make sure you get the bulbs replaced. If your headlights
are looking a little foggy, you need to get them cleaned.

4. Emergency kit
Be prepared in case an accident happens and put together an emergency kit to keep in the
car. You should include jumper cables, flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, and water. You may
also want to pack extra snacks.

5. Brake pads
Get your brake pads checked by a professional before hitting the road. Make sure they are
in proper condition and if they’re worn down, get them replaced.
For more car tips, be sure to check out our blog. HERO will come to you to help ensure that
your car is in great shape for your upcoming trip.

For more car tips, be sure to check out the rest of our blog. HERO will come to you to help ensure that your car is in great shape for your upcoming trip.