Preparing Your Car for a Road-Trip

Preparing Your Car for a Road-TripRoad-trips should be remembered for all the right reasons, not one negative circumstance.

You and your buddies have been planning a road-trip for months or even years, and you all have finally agreed to embark on this great adventure. You’ve made your road playlist, grabbed some necessary snacks for the road, and are now waiting on that friend who is always late. As you hit the road everything is going smoothly, until you notice smoke coming from the hood of your car. Looks like your road-trip is going to be over before it started. To avoid this unsightly scenario, here are tips you need to know to prepare your car for a road-trip.

Things to Check

Fluids

These fluids include engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid. If any are low or empty, take the car to the mechanic to diagnose and repair.

Battery

Does your battery show signs of corrosion? With our car off and the engine cool, clean the greenish-white powder with baking soda, water, and a toothbrush. If your battery is particularly old and has a lot of corrosion, consider replacing your car’s battery.

Lights

Lights help tell other cars you are there and your intentions (turning, stopping, etc.). Always check your headlights, high beams, brake lights, turn signals, and reverse lights.

Backup

Road-trips are meant to be long, so taking a few car items for your peace of mind is worth it. Bring extra coolant, two to three quarts of oil, rags, and duct tape.

Working or volunteering for a nonprofit organization can be a time to meet great people who hold the same values as you do, which would make for a great road-trip. Contact the experts at Colorado Nonprofit Insurance Agency, part of HUB International in Denver, Colorado at 303-894-0298. We will work with you to ensure you are getting the most out of your coverage.