Taking advantage of Semana Santa, many people will make a getaway with their car to enjoy the “weekeend”. A road trip requires taking some precautions so that it is pleasant and smooth. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
TIRES: It is necessary to look in detail if the drawing is well marked. Smooth rubbers are extremely dangerous. Then you must check that the pressure is adequate. If we travel with a lot of load, it is better to put a little more air than what the manual indicates. In order for the control to be comprehensive, we should not rule out consulting an expert when aligning and balancing.
Fluids: Check the levels of engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and the water for the windshield wiper. Always with the engine cold and stopped, the first fluid is controlled with the dipstick for this purpose, removing it and checking the marks between minimum and maximum (if necessary, carry out the corresponding oil and filter change). The coolant must be at its level to avoid irreparable overheating. When checking the brake fluid, the pads should not also be forgotten, since if they are not in good condition they are responsible for the fluid falling. Once the windshield water dispenser has been refilled, make sure that the blades are in good condition and are not dry.
LIGHTS: Inspect the headlights and remove or discard any type of dirt that can cause clear vision.
MECHANICAL INSPECTION: It is ideal to go through a mechanic to check the timing belts, hoses, and air conditioning.
EMERGENCY ELEMENTS: Check the condition of the emergency rubber and have a fluorescent vest, a set of beacons and the fire extinguisher at hand (it must be within reach of the driver). A first aid kit is also essential.
DOCUMENTATION: The required documentation includes ID, driver's license, green or blue ID, as appropriate; VTV wafer and proof of insurance.
FURTHER: Cell phone should not be used while driving and seat belts should be used. Children must be seated in the back. Maximum speeds must be respected and always travel with low beams on.