The wilderness is an area that is usually uninhabited by humans and has a landscape of rocks, bushes, trees, wild animals, and more. Nonetheless, it’s also great to have a road trip to these areas and create amazing adventures. But before getting with the driving, you should always be prepared in advance. Are you sure your car is ready for this kind of drive? We rounded up some IMPORTANT things to check before driving off to ensure your safety.
1. Check the tires
Roads through the wilderness may contain debris that may easily blow your tire which may be dangerous. Make sure your tires are roadworthy to keep you away from this situation. Check the tires if they are properly inflated and have no signs of damages. Use a pressure gauge to check the tire pressure – this is important since having low pressure may make it harder to steer and break, it also makes you use up more gas.
2. Double Check the Fluids: Especially Your Oil
For a long road trip, especially through the wilderness, perfectly making sure of your oil is essential. Your oil needs to be changed twice a year, so make sure to faithfully follow this rule. And, just in case to be sure, always check them before driving off. Check all oils, brake fluid, steering fluids, and coolants. Don’t forget about the wiper fluid too.
3. Check Your Battery
Your car won’t be able to run with a discharged battery. Always have your battery check by a mechanic and be sure it is charged. Don’t forget to check the battery for signs of corrosion, cracks, and leaks. If there is anything wrong, have it replaced immediately. A great tip is to also have a spare battery that you could bring during the trip – just be equipped with the right knowledge on how to change a car’s battery and bring the right tools.
4. Double Check the Air-Conditioning
This is especially important when you’re driving off to somewhere with high temperatures. Common problems that cause the air conditioning to break is because of insufficient refrigerant because of a leak, the radiator fan isn’t spinning properly, and the compressor isn’t working efficiently. Check the system thoroughly to avoid your AC from shutting down in the middle of the road.
When driving through a cold area, make sure your heater is working just as well as your AC. Have your condenser, elt, and coolant double checked by a mechanic.
5. Have an Emergency Kit for Your Car
So here we have the basics: spare tire, jump starter, flashlight, food, and water. But also be much fully prepared by adding in some clothes, candles, shovel, lighter, and all essential basic tools to fix up a car.
Now that you have an idea of the things to check before a long road trip along the wilderness, you’ll be much more confident and less worried.