With winter comes the holiday season and with that comes travel, lots and lots of travel. If you’re going to be traveling this holiday season, you need to make sure your car is fully prepared to make whatever journey is in your future. In this article, we’ll provide you with the most comprehensive winter car checklist so you can rest assured that your car will make whatever travel plans you have in store and get you back home safely without any concern at all.
1) Check your tires
Before you take off on your winter/holiday travels, you need to make sure your tires are in good condition to do so. You should check both the tire pressure and the tread on the tires to ensure they’re able to make the trip safely. When was the last time you had your tires rotated? If it’s been too long, add it to your list of things to mention when you go for your comprehensive inspection.
2) Clean out your car
Starting any road trip with a messy car is just asking for disaster. Thoroughly clean out your car to start off your trip on the right foot. This would be a great time to give your carpets a quick vacuum, too. When you’re done, remember to place car trash bags or grocery bags serving as such wherever necessary in the vehicle.
This way you can help make sure the car stays clean. When you go to pack the car up for your holiday traveling, make sure you organize your luggage and presents in a logical and organizational method to help ensure everything fits and makes it there safely.
3) Check your fluids
It’s always a good idea to check the fluids in your vehicle before any big road trip. Make sure you’ve made the switch to the proper winter fluids, you have enough of them, and that your oil has been changed according to the recommended schedule. This will help to not only minimize your risk of potential car trouble along your trip but also help to protect your vehicle from unnecessary wear or damage due to the long road trip. You can check your fluids yourself or get your local mechanic to do it for you.
4) Get a comprehensive inspection
It’s always a good idea to have your car inspected before taking any major road trips. This will help ensure your vehicle is safe to make the long journey and minimize your risk of car trouble occurring. Make an appointment with your regular mechanic to get a comprehensive inspection and ensure that your vehicle is cleared for the road trip ahead.
5) Get your car detailed
Many people mistakenly think that car detailing services are purely for aesthetic purposes, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Having your car detailed regularly helps to minimize exterior and interior deterioration in your car and improves your resale value. In the winter, keeping your car detailed is even more important given the need to rid your car of the damaging road salt.
6) Include emergency items
Above all, make sure your car is equipped with the necessary emergency items just in case anything goes wrong. These items can include but are not limited to the following:
- Spare tire
- First-aid kit
- Snow chains
- Starter cables
Holiday traveling is often necessary but comes with its fair share of risks and stresses. Mobile Detailing Pros’ Winter Vacation Checklist will help you be prepared for your vacation without having to continuously worry you forgot something.
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