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Holidays are just around the corner which means it’s the season to see our family and relatives! In fact, many of us will travel long and far just so we can spend time with them. But before you go on that much awaited road trip, take a look at these family car safety tips to make sure that your trip remains smooth and hassle free. Nothing ruins the holiday more than being stuck somewhere due to car troubles.
Make sure all tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure including the spare tire. This will ensure that in the event of a flat tire, you will have the spare tire inflated to the correct pressure. Also, make sure that you have the necessary tools needed to change your tire. Place them underneath the driver’s seat or in the trunk of the vehicle.
Before embarking on trip with the whole family, make sure that you check the engine oil dipstick to make sure that there is enough oil in your precious engine. Do not forget to take a look at the brake fluid reservoir and the coolant too. This will ensure that you will have a smooth trip with the family.
Test all the lights of the vehicle. In case you are still on the road when it gets dark, you want to make sure that your headlights, brake lights and signal light are working for your safety and the safety of other drivers that you share the road with.
Test your windshield wipers. You do not want to be caught in the rain with a defective wiper that will put your trip on halt. Test if the system still works and if the rubbers are still soft enough to repel the water that will fall on your windshield.
Last but not least, do not forget to fill up the vehicle with more than enough gasoline/diesel to get you to your destination. It is best you top up with extra gas for any side trip that you may need to take. You may never know if there are unexpected detours that you will encounter along the way.
There you go. Quick but very important tips to ensure that your family will have a safe and enjoyable trip.
If you need help in choosing a family car for your road trip, check cars.com which is a great resource when it comes to all types of vehicles.
Enjoy your Holidays!