Driving cross-country is difficult. Though the views might be absolutely stunning, you still need to content with hours upon hours of open road. This can lead to fatigue, stiffness, and so much more. In short, the longer you drive the more danger you put yourself in. Then there is the case of your vehicle and any trailer you are bringing along with you. Long trips can wreak havoc on your vehicle, and without ongoing maintenance it could end up leaving you stranded on the side of the road.
Don’t let a flat tire get in the way of your epic road trip. Instead, follow this guide so that you can keep your vehicle in good repair while you are enjoying all that the United States of America has to hold.
For the Vehicle
Maintaining your vehicle is the first step in cross-country preparation. Consider getting an oil change, checking your tire pressure, and check that the lights are working. You will also want to go through and regularly wash your vehicle. In winter especially, the road salt and slush can cause rust to set into your vehicle’s underbelly. By cleaning the salt off, you can prolong the life of your vehicle. From there, you will then want to also get a backup tire, an extra tank of gasoline, and an auto service, in case you break down on the road.
Regular maintenance and inspections can help you make a note of problems before they become an expensive fix. A burnt out headlight is a very easy fix you can do yourself, for example, and can help save you from an expensive ticket in the future.
For Your Trailer
If you have a trailer, you will also need to maintain it. Many of the same maintenance steps you will do for your vehicle should be replicated here. So check tire pressure, make sure the brake lights are working, and clean it regularly while watching for rust. As trailers are far simpler than your car, however, you will also be able to:
Lubricate Movable Parts
You can easily take apart your trailer and lubricate it so that it doesn’t break down due to a build-up of dirt. Find tutorials of this online, take an auto class, or simply take an afternoon off to figure it out for yourself.
Have Spare Parts on Hand
When it comes to road trips the best and fastest way to get back on your journey is by having the spare trailer parts you need on hand. This way you can replace a brake light, maintain your trailer, and stay safe on the roads without too much hassle or a day wasted trying to source the parts when you are in rural communities.
Never underestimate how big our great country is. Nor should you underestimate how much wear and tear can occur on your vehicle – especially if it is carrying a trailer or RV behind it. Follow these tips to keep it in good repair and stay safe so you can have fun!