7 Important Things To Check On Your Car Before Traveling



Your vehicle is a machine, which means it is subject to break down during stress. Nothing stresses you vehicle as much as taking it on a long trip. It is necessary to carry out proper checks on some important components of your vehicle before you take that long drive to avoid casualties. Listed below are 7 components you must check before that drive/trip


1. Engine oil:

This is necessary as it needs to be changed since oils become less efficient over time

This is the lifeblood of the the engine. Engine oil needs to be changed as recommended in your vehicle manual as it becomes less efficient over time

2. Engine coolant:

Engine coolant contains mainly antifreeze and water. Antifreeze stops the coolant from freezing during extremely cold temperatures. The chemicals in antifreeze however increases the boiling point of water which helps to prevent engine overheating

3. Windscreen washer fluid:

This is very imp0rtant since you would not want smears on your windscreen reducing visibility

4. Brake fluid:

Similarly to the engine coolant system, the brake system should be a sealed unit. Spongy brake pedal or frequent top-ups of brake fluid may indicate a leak in the system, or degraded fluid in the system that requires draining and replacing.

5. Battery:

With a new car, this shouldn't be an issue since a car battery lasts around four years upwards. There’s not really a specific time when they need replacing as it’s dependent on various factors such as quality of the battery, driving habits – frequent short drives can lessen a battery's life and colder climates may shorten a battery's lifespan.

6. Tyres:

Ensure that your tyres are in good condition before embarking on a long journey

7. Lights:

As a responsible citizen, it is a must you have working external lighting on your vehicle. Do a thorough check to see that are working.

Good luck!!!