Tips for Holiday Road Trip Travel

Holiday road trip tips

Route dans les Pyrénées françaises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Getting your vehicle ready for the holiday road trip can be a chore, but one that will result in a less stressful road trip and preparedness should issues arise. While there are some checks that should be done by a mechanic before you hit the pavement, there are a few things you can check yourself.

The first place to start is by checking the various liquid levels in your car:

  • Liquid levels
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Oil
  • Coolant
  • Brake fluid, when possible, otherwise call a mechanic.

Tire pressure

There is a specific danger when tires are under-inflated. Tires must be inflated, preferably cold, as the correct pressure is recommended by the manufacturer, and are usually placed on the edge of the left front door or fuel door of the car. Station inflations are available to motorists in some stations. If the tires are inflated during the journey, you must add 200 to 300 grams of pressure or whatever is recommended by the manufacturer.

Tire conditions

The tread depth of a tire must not be less than 1.6mm, otherwise the risk of aquaplaning increases and the handling of the car is dangerously disturbed. When in doubt, do not hesitate to check the tire condition by a mechanic or a tire professional.

Lighting, signage and visibility

Dirty headlights can reduce lighting efficiency by 30%. Cleaning them the day before departure is a great idea and you should also clean the windshield (inside and outside) and all other glass surfaces (mirrors and lights) which are concerned areas as well.

Wiper blades and wipers that have more than one year under their belt are probably not sufficiently effective if heavy rains hit and must be changed.

Before heading out, it is also important to have an auto warranty in place to cover any major repairs as well. That way, should a major issue appear on the road, you will be covered should repairs be need. Enjoy your holiday road trip!

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