It’s summertime, so you’re probably planning a road trip! Whether you’re going to the beach, a cottage in the woods or just to grandma’s house, you should check that your car is in good working order before you hit the highway. Here’s a handy checklist to ensure that you have a great road trip. And don’t forget to make sure that your auto insurance is up-to-date before you leave Edmonton.
Verify that your car tires are in top shape. First, check whether the tire pressure is at the correct level for your vehicle. If the tires are inflated correctly, you may be able to avoid a blowing them out during your trip. Next, check the tread. When it is raining, you need to be able to count on good solid tread to keep you and your loved ones safe. Are you having trouble figuring out whether your tires need to be replaced? Here’s a handy trick. Take a penny and place it upside down within the tread. Can you see the top of the Queen’s head? If so, it’s time to replace your tires.
It’s advisable to take your car to a mechanic well before the trip to make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy. A reputable mechanic will let you know if you need to repair or replace any belts, hoses or windshield wipers. Also, all of your lights—including high beams—should be tested so that burnt out bulbs can be replaced before your trip. A thorough tune-up also includes replacing the air filter and checking the battery. Finally, it’s essential to verify that all of the fluids (windshield washer fluid, transmission fluid, coolant and oil) are at the correct levels.
Even if your car is in perfect shape when you leave, you could have an emergency breakdown at some point during your trip. It’s advisable to place an emergency kit in your trunk so that you can deal with whatever comes your way. This kit should include water, non-perishable food, a blanket, a wind-up flashlight, a whistle, flares, a first aid kit, and a candle in a safe container with matches.
Naturally, you also need to ensure that you have up-to-date car insurance before you leave. While you’re gathering insurance quotes from various insurance companies in Edmonton, please consider contacting HDF Insurance. We’re proud to serve our customers in Edmonton and across Alberta. Never underestimate the importance of appropriate car insurance coverage. If you have questions about car insurance or HDF Insurance please visit our FAQ Page.