Taking the car to the vacation destination is still highly popular, as you have a sense of freedom once you arrive to still have a car. It can also be cheaper if you are a whole family traveling. To ensure that you have a pleasant trip and no car related problems while you drive to the end destination, you will need to make sure that you check the key safety items of your car. It can improve your safety, reduce the risk for delays or problems and decrease the driving costs. All these factors make it well worth your time to take the necessary steps before you head out on your trip.
You should always have your tyres checked and make sure that they are in good condition for the long drive. The main reason for breakdowns along the highway in summer are due to either running out of fuel or tyre related problems. Tyres can easily be checked before you head out. Check for visual detectable problems such as cuts or cracks. You should have premium summer tyres on your car, or if you decided to go with all-weather tyres make sure that they are good for the destination that you plan to travel to.
A key item to check is the tyre pressure. Tyre pressure will vary with temperature and should be adjusted based on the load that you will carry. So a full car with family and luggage, needs to be adjusted before the long trip. Low tyre pressure can be a costly ordeal as the tyre will wear faster, so that you will need to replace the tyres earlier than anticipated. The fuel consumption will also increase, so your long trip can suddenly become a lot more expensive than planned.
You also need to check the tread depth of the tyres, to make sure that you have more than 4 mm remaining tread depth. If you are below, you should head towards a tyre shop and purchase a new set. If your tyre have some visible damages, you should also head towards the tyre shop and have the tyres checked out, so that you can get a professional opinion on the detected problem. If they clear your tyres, you should be good to go.