Planning a road trip? Before you pack your bags and head out, you should ensure that your Abu Dhabi car for sale is up for the task and will not break down. Just follow this checklist compiled by the experts at CarSwitch.com
Select a vehicle
It’s possible that you own more than one vehicle or your friends or travel companions have their own ride. You may even have the option to rent a car. If that’s the case and you have a choice, don’t take your pick randomly. If you are going away for a long time and will be carrying a lot of stuff, a bigger car seems like the obvious choice.
At the same time, it’s also important to prioritize a comfortable car that’s fuel-efficient over the one which offers a greater top speed if your journey is going to be long. You would obviously need a powerful 4WD vehicle for off-road adventures. Needless to say, choose the car which is in the best condition in terms of battery health and other essential stuff like wiper blades.
Check all the key fluids such as brake fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Here is a vehicle fluids 101: brake fluid helps with responsiveness, coolant prevents the engine from overheating, and the washer fluid will ensure visibility is not affected if the weather goes bad. If you don’t know how to check these fluids, plenty of resources are available online, or you can also take the help of a professional.
Change the oil
This a no brainer. Long drives, especially during this time of the year can take a toll on the oil of your car, especially if you are traveling to a hilly area. Usually, synthetic oil works better in all kinds of temperatures and lasts longer than conventional motor oil. So, if you are going to get your oil changed in the near future, you might as well get it done before your road trip.
Inspect your brakes and tires
Just checking the brake fluid is not enough, you must ensure that the brakes are working properly. A mechanic can inspect them for you to determine if brake pads and rotors are in working condition. This is especially important if they haven’t been updated in the last 20K miles. If needed, get them replaced before continuing with the trip. Similarly, check your tires, and for this, you wouldn’t necessarily need help. Just take a coin and shove it into the tread’s groove and if you can see the top clearly, they need to be replaced.
Ensure the air conditioner is working
Last, but definitely not the least, make sure your air conditioner is blowing cold air before embarking on the journey. After all, the last thing you want is to travel in a hot car. You can read more about common car conditioning issues!