Getting Your Car Prepared for A Long Drive

Maybe you’re going to visit your family in another state, or you’re wanting to travel around the country on your next holiday. No matter the reason, when you’re planning a road trip you need to make sure your car is just as prepared as you are. You want your car to be safe, and to be able to make the long journey without anything going wrong. Here’s a list of things you should check to make sure your car is ready to handle the long trip ahead.

Tyres
Check the pressure of all your tyres, including your spare. Replace any worn tyres before your trip.

Fluids
Check all your fluid levels before you head off. Oil, brake fluid, coolant, and your wiper fluid. Check your transmission and power-steering levels too, if it applies to your car.

Lights
Ensure all your lights are working, like your brake lights, turn signals, taillights and your fog lights. Clean the lenses as well so that your lights are able to shine at their optimum levels.

Belts
Make sure you get any worn belts replaced. See your mechanic if you’re unsure.

Air filter
If you haven’t changed your air filter in a while, it’s a good idea to do so before your trip, so that your engine runs better.

Radiator
Check there’s no obstructions and that your radiator’s running correctly.

Hoses
Make sure your hoses are in good condition, and replace it if you see any damage.

Wipers
Replace your wipers if they haven’t been changed in a few months.

Battery
Make sure there’s no corrosion, and that your battery isn’t faulty. Get it tested if you’re not sure, and replace if needed.

Brakes
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. You need functioning brakes to be safe while you’re driving.

If you’re not 100% confident in checking these things yourself, it’s a good idea to get your mechanic to give your car a comprehensive check over for your peace of mind. Make sure your car lasts the distance on your trip, so you can enjoy your holiday without worry!

The Importance Of Servicing To Your Car

car servicingYou want your car to be in good shape all the time, not just from the exterior and interior look but also its performance. Cars need proper maintenance and repair to avoid numerous issues.

Auto repair shops provide various services to maintain or enhance your car’s engine performance. The most significant and needed services that you can get for your car include:

  • factory recommended service
  • complete vehicle diagnostics
  • brake repairs, suspension service
  • transmission service
  • clutch repair
  • electrical system repair
  • oil service
  • performance upgrades
  • air conditioning service
  • diesel repairs and more

But why are these services so essential to your car?

Servicing keeps problems at bay. It can actually save you from hidden problems that would become bigger if left for long. Paying reasonable rates of services for minor problems is better than ignoring it until it is a bigger problem that requires you to pay more to have it repaired. The point is fixing minor car issues not just keep your car in good condition but also prevent it from becoming a heavy car issue that will require a big repair cost.

Regular servicing can make you feel more comfortable knowing that no car trouble is concealed and you can continue enjoying the good performance of your car.

Servicing is recommended by car manufacturers. Car manufacturers know how to keep the car in top condition. Keeping up with the manufacturer servicing schedule will keep your reliable car running efficiently without constantly ending up in the auto repair shop

Also, servicing adds value to your car. If you are thinking of selling your car, good service history will give potential buyers an idea of how you care for your car. Good service history will allow you to put a better price for your car when trading in or selling.

Tricks On How To Travel On a Budget

budget travelTo travel on a budget can be very daunting and challenging at the same time. Thinking of how to go to a place without the right budget can be tricky, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. If others can travel even if the budget is not enough, then why can’t you?

Aside from planning the trip around off-peak travel times and scouting for good deals, there are more tricks on how to travel even if you are on a budget:

Why not try a hostel

This one is actually pretty obvious since staying in hotels, resorts and even rental homes can be more expensive than staying in a hostel. If you are a backpacker, you will be getting the authentic backpacker experience together with lifelong memories.

There are different types of hostels such as part hostels, exotic hostels, relaxing hostels, and so on. A good advantage when staying in such a place is that they have a common area where you can even meet other tourists, and you may end up finding someone to share dinner, transportation, and even day trips.

Venture to the not so popular places

If you visit popular tourist places, there is a good chance to spend more because a lot of tourists also visit that place. But you can actually go anywhere and make that place memorable too. You meet people along the way and find great foods that are not that expensive especially if it is not in a tourist spot.

Souvenirs are overrated

You don’t actually have to buy souvenirs every stop you make. Seriously! Bringing a lot of touristy items will just eat up your budget. Instead, focus on the memories you can create while you are on your trip and not on the material things you can possess while you are there.