The end of the school year is the unofficial beginning of the excursions and car travel season. Before packing the luggage and family in the car, it is worth carrying out a routine car inspection to avoid unexpected breakdowns. Here are our tips.
The service life of a standard car battery is 3–5 years. If the battery is more than 5 years old, it is worth taking a closer look at its technical condition before going far.
2. Air conditioning
Nobody wants to be trapped in a boiling car while driving for hours. If you noticed a decrease in cooling efficiency, check the air conditioning system in the workshop.
By the way, after winter it is worth disinfecting and refreshing it. As the air conditioning (as well as the normal air vents) is used, various types of fungi and bacteria grow in the installation. They cause unpleasant odors, allergic reactions and sometimes even more serious problems.
3. Washer and wiper fluids
The rubber wiper blades live 6 to 12 months depending on exposure to heat, dirt, sun, rain, and frost and ice covering the windows in winter. If the wiper cannot clean the windshield in one move, it’s time to replace it.
Also check the washer fluid level before traveling. During the summer trip, a nice insect graveyard forms on the windshield. You can always buy liquid at a gas station, but why overpay? Prices can be at least twice as high as in an ordinary supermarket. And we, Poles, are like that – we like low prices; p.
4. Other fluids and the condition of the car
Also check the engine oil, brake fluid and power steering fluid levels. If anything squeaks, knocks, knocks or vibrates, be sure to have the car checked by a mechanic before leaving. Plan the inspection early enough so that, in the event of necessary repairs, it will not postpone the holiday trip date. The appropriate condition of the car means not only safety on the road, but also lower costs of holidays – possible repairs quickly or even abroad is always a bigger blow to the pocket.
5. Crisis kit
When going on long journeys, it is worth getting ready for various eventualities. The Vehicle Crisis Kit should include the following accessories:
mobile phone charger
battery charger and cables
flashlight with spare batteries
first aid kit
6. Tire condition
Before leaving, check the condition of the tires and replenish the pressure. Also make sure you have a spare tire with you.
It is good to outline the itinerary and resting places along the route. Be prepared for heavy traffic during hot periods and popular holiday destinations. If possible, plan your route to avoid rush hour and congested roads. It is worth remembering about the stops – a short stop approximately every 2–3 hours is recommended to avoid drowsiness while driving.