Driving Across The Country: Seven Ways To Make Your Car Roadworthy

December 17, 2021

Your car is your second home. It is where you spend a lot of your time, whether it is sitting in traffic or cruising down the highway with the windows down. But have you ever stopped to think about how safe it is? 

Making your car roadworthy does not have to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to ensure you are taking care of your car and keeping it safe without spending too much money.

Here are seven ways to make your car roadworthy and safe:

1. Get the car serviced

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to get your car serviced regularly. Not only will this help keep your vehicle in good condition, but it will also help identify any potential problems before they turn into bigger issues. Regular servicing can also help improve your car’s fuel efficiency and reduces your carbon footprint.

2. Car’s warranty

If you are not sure whether or not your car is roadworthy, you can always check its warranty. You should always go for an extended warranty for cars over 100k miles. Many car manufacturers offer a roadworthiness guarantee, which means they will cover the cost of any repairs or replacements required to make your vehicle roadworthy.

3. Inflate your tires to the correct pressure

This is another simple but often overlooked task that can have a big impact on your car’s safety and roadworthiness. Under-inflated tires can cause uneven wear, reduce fuel efficiency and increase the risk of a blowout. Make sure you check your tires regularly to keep them inflated to the correct pressure.

4. Check the lights

It might be winter now, but believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. Summer is when more people are out and about driving with their windows down, so make sure you check all of your car’s lights before the weather starts to heat up.

5. Get your brakes checked

Just like your car’s engine, its brakes need to be serviced regularly. Brake failure is one of the most common causes of accidents on the road, so it is important to have your brakes checked regularly to ensure they are working correctly.

6. Get the battery tested

Your car’s battery is also something that should be checked at least every 6 months or so. A faulty or under-performing battery can cause all kinds of problems for your car, from decreased fuel efficiency to a complete loss of power.

7. Properly maintain your car

Last but not least, one of the most important things you can do to keep your car roadworthy is to make sure it is properly maintained. This means checking all fluid levels, changing the oil and oil filters regularly, cleaning or replacing your air filter often and checking the transmission fluid levels. 

Some people may want to do all of this themselves, but if you are not confident in doing any of these jobs, why not take it to a mechanic?

Conclusion

Making your car roadworthy does not have to be expensive or complicated. There are plenty of things you can do yourself, or you can take it to a mechanic for a tune-up. Just make sure you keep on top of the maintenance and remember to get your car serviced regularly. 

With a little bit of effort, your car can be the perfect road trip vehicle for those summer months ahead.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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