After being trapped in our homes for over a year, the end of the pandemic may entice you to escape this summer. For many, that will mean taking a road trip somewhere. To ensure your trip goes smoothly, consider some ways to take care of your car on a road trip to minimize issues.
Keep Your Car Clean
Throughout your trip, you want to keep your car clean and fresh. Not only will this make your car look brand new, but it’s much easier to find damages on your car if it’s not hidden under muck and grime. Neglected damages may turn into larger issues down the line. In addition to cleaning your car, applying fresh coats of wax will keep a protective layer on your car’s exterior that will prevent the UV rays of the sun from fading your car’s paint and help avoid scratches from debris, dirt, and dust.
Change the Air Filter
If you anticipate your journey will take you through dustier landscapes, like western America, it may be a good idea to change out your air filter after you’ve passed through in case it’s been clogged up with sand and dirt. Air filters are cheap to purchase at any auto-shop and are fairly straightforward to replace—taking no more than 10–15 minutes.
Avoid Putting Luggage Up Top
Another way to take care of your car on a road trip is simply packing wisely. Keeping your luggage stored on top of your car is a bad idea because it creates air friction, providing greater resistance and slowing down your car. You’ll end up using more gas and putting greater stress on your car to maintain the proper speed.
Anticipate Flat Tires
A tire going flat or outright popping can happen at any time. For this reason, you should strive to prepare for such an occurrence by keeping a spare tire, a tire iron, and a carjack on hand during your road trip. This will keep you from getting stranded in the middle of nowhere and make replacing the tire a much simpler task.