11 car checks before leaving on vacation!
Every holiday period involves trips, long journeys and a lot of planning. Wherever you go, you need to take precautions before getting on the road. Here are some tips to drive safely and start your trip with no issues!
1 – Check and clean your windscreen wipers
They are essential in case of heavy rain or for removing dirt. There are different signs that your windscreen wipers should be replaced: sliding difficulties, rubbing noises, unusual movements… Don't worry : it mostly means that they need a simple cleaning. Grab a cloth and clean them, you will save money and trouble!
2 – Check your headlights
Headlights, indicators and rear lights need to be checked before any holiday departure. Their good working will enable other drivers to clearly see you, keeping you safe and avoiding you to pay fines. Ask a family member or a neighbour to help you !
3 – Check your windscreen
If you notice damages or imperfections, ask you Point S mechanic during your next visit. A small impact can quickly lead to a deep crack!
4 – Check the condition and the pressure of your tyres
There are 3 main elements to consider when it comes to tyres:
In good auto maintenance practices, tyres are checked every 5,000 kms.
5 – Check your radiator
In summer, one of the reasons that explains engine overheating is a defective radiator or a problem stemming from a fluid leak. Whenever you stop your car, if you see a green, orange or yellow liquid coming from underneath your car, it means that there is a cooling liquid leak. You need to fix this problem before going for any long drive.
6 – Check your vehicle liquid’s levels
Oil, refrigerant, and wiper fluid must be checked. A lack of oil can damage the engine and a lack of refrigerant can break the air-conditioning system. Their repairs are very expensive, that is why it is important to check there levels regularly.
Power steering fluid and transmission fluid must be checked as well. If you have any difficulty turning your steering wheel or feel high vibrations whenever you stop your vehicle, it means that there is a lack of power steering liquid. Transmission fluid must be checked as well, especially if your car has a lot of mileage.
7 – Check your timing belt
Changing a belt isn’t expensive, but repairing a damage caused by a broken one is. Your belt must be checked every 75,000 kms and every 130,000 kms by a mechanic.
8 – Check your exhaust pipe and rust
If you hear noises whenever you hit potholes, your exhaust pipe might be detached. Most of the time, it needs a simple welding. When looking under your vehicle, pay attention to rust. If it's been there for a long time, it might damage certain components whenever your car is impacted. Have the rust on your car checked by a certified center.
9 – Check your brakes
They are essential for your safety and other drivers’. Whenever you brake, if you feel that your braking distances increased (especially in rainy weather), have your car checked immediately. Ideally, brakes should be checked every 6 months.
10 – Check your battery and signs of corrosion
You can check it with a multimeter. The voltage shall be between 12.5v and 14.5v for a 100% charge, while the engine is running. A voltage of 12.0v is equivalent to a 25% charge, meaning you should charge your battery. Several signs can raise this issue, such as:
If you are unsure, ask your mechanic. It is advised to check the battery every 3 months.
11 – Check your emergency equipment
First aid-kit, spare tyres, flares and tools must be in good condition. Also make sure that all your papers are up-to-date such as your license.
All the listed points checked? You can drive safely then!
Enjoy your holiday!