Although before embarking on a vacation trip by car it is advisable to carry out a comprehensive review of the vehicle's condition to avoid incidents; upon return, it is also recommended to take a series of precautions to continue traveling safely. The long distances, the heat, the sun, the dirt and the excess weight of the car generate a wear or deterioration that is higher than usual. For this reason, it is advisable to implement the following tips:
-First, empty the trunk and take out all those things that you are not going to use on a day-to-day basis. Weight is one of the factors that most affects fuel consumption.
-Excessive use of the car, especially if a trip was made in which the car was the protagonist, generates a greater dirt build-up, taking into account that deep cleaning is usually postponed until returning home. Once the trip is over, the car should be thoroughly washed. If driven on the beach or on unpaved roads, it is recommended that a specialist clean the engine to extend the life of the gaskets, sleeves and cable connections.
-While on road trips the tires wear little (they deteriorate more when driving through the city due to the greater number of starts and stops), It is important to control the pressure and the state of the same since the subjection and stability of the vehicle depend on them. Check that they are not smooth and look for unbalances in the breaking band, cuts or deformations in the side profiles. If any abnormality is found in the covers, they need to be replaced.
-Depending on the number of kilometers traveled, it is suggested to return to check fluid level: lubricant, coolant, and windshield washer fluid. Thus, the car will be ready to welcome autumn.
-Finally, an element of the car that tends to deteriorate during the summer is the windshield wiper, due to the little use and the sun that hardens the rubber parts. It's recommended change the wiper blades to be adequately prepared for the next storm.
Information provided by Fercol Lubricants.