Before you get behind the wheel, check out our ultimate road trip safety checklist.
1. Check the Brakes
To prevent accidents on the road, checking your brakes prior to departure should be at the top of your road trip checklist.
Make sure they’re free of damage or rust, which will ensure they’re in optimal working order, and check the brake fluid as well.
The latter ensures the pressure you put in when pressing down on the brake pedal actually makes it to the brakes. It’s basically the secret ingredient to ensure they do their job successfully.
2. Check Your Lights
When driving, you want to make sure that other drivers know when you’re switching lanes, pressing on the brakes or turning your hazard lights on.
Doing a quick check at home is easy: simply test out all the lights with a friend to see which ones are and are not functional.
Take note of any lights that may need to have their bulb replaced, and get them fixed before you go.
3. Check Your Battery
The battery is the power that keeps your car running.
Before a lengthy drive, you need to make sure your battery is juiced-up.
Particularly during the summer, the heat can increase the rate in which the battery corrodes.
Batteries tend to have a lifespan of three to five years, so if your road trip falls somewhere within that timeframe, it’s best to get it changed before you and your family hit the road.