7 important car components to check ahead of a safe drive

By Jane Osuagwu
Publish on May 14, 2019

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Are you planning to go on a road trip? Then make sure your car is ready to take on the trip. Here’s 7 important car parts you should check for a safe drive later!

Are you setting out for a trip? It could be that you're about to take a 3-hour journey to the nearby state for the purpose of a business, wedding or just a visit. Whichever one, before you hit the road, it's important you know the state of your car and its readiness to make that trip. You wouldn't want to start out only to discover that there's a problem with your car in the middle of nowhere. Why not take some precautions that'll see your trip turns out successful? With these precautionary steps, there won't be any cause for anxiety or fear that you might get stranded with your car.

If you know your car has a tendency to develop problems on the road, then you shouldn't take a long trip. A sound car makes for an enjoyable trip. So, the performance of your car will determine that.

Naijauto wouldn't want you to get stranded, and for that reason, we’ve put together some precautionary steps that will ensure your car is ready to take on that road trip.

So, before you commence your journey, check these important car components!

1. Check your car's oil level

Before you start out on a trip you know is going take longer before you get to your destination, it is expedient you inspect your car's oil level. Oil lubricates the engine to enable it to function effectively. The oil needs to be changed when you've driven 3000 to 5000 miles. Since you'll be covering a longer distance on your trip, be well-prepared. Carrying out an inspection on the oil level to know if it's enough to last, is a good way of getting prepared. And of course, it's a must.

2. Carry extra fluids along, in case

There is always room for an emergency and that's why we don't ignore it. Taking extra fluids along with you is a good idea. Fluids like the brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, and the radiator fluid are handy for your trip in case of an emergency. You might not be closer to an auto parts shop when an unexpected situation will arise but since you have some fluids in your car trunk, you can make use of them.


Check your oil level to see if there's a need to top it

3. Inspect your car tyres

You may not know about this. Cold air reduces tyre pressure. For every 10 degrees, the temperature in the atmosphere reduces, it will decrease your tyre pressure. It’s one of the reasons your TPMS light comes on. And it's always risky especially if you have much load in your car. Again, decreased tyre pressure will affect your gas mileage. You wouldn't want to encounter all these on your road trip, right?

Inspect your tyres to ensure it has the appropriate pressure.

If your tyres are worn out from usage or misaligned, then get proper tire rotation or bring it to your credited service center. Don't forget to make sure your spare tyre is in good condition for use, if need be. Your tyres are your contact with the road and knowing that they are all good to go will give you peace of mind while traveling.

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4. Check your car batteries

An average car battery can last from three to five years. Planning to go on a road trip to the nearby state necessitate you having the battery inspected. To help you verify your car battery's voltage, put on your headlight before starting the engine. If you notice the lights are bright or shine immediately the engine starts, you may have a problem with the voltage. If so, have an auto expert check it out. This is to make sure it doesn't leave you stranded on the way.


Your battery should be in good condition for your long trip

5. Check your brakes

Now, this isn't about you going on a long trip. Even if it's driving around your neighborhood, your brakes should be working properly.

If you hear weird noises or observe vibrations when you apply your brake, check it out. Inspecting your brake eliminates any possibility of having brake issues on your trip. You know the risk malfunctioning brake poses, so make sure it's in a good condition before you hit the road.

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6. Ensure your light bulbs are working

We aren't going to overemphasize the importance of your car's headlights. They are your eyes while driving at night. Before you start out, inspect them to be sure they are working fine. Replace the burnt bulbs and you are sure of driving safely at night.

Adequate preparation is necessary to have a successful and safe road trip. It’s better you take precaution like checking your oil level, brakes, headlights, and car batteries.

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7. Assess the air filters

Air filters in the car ensure the engine is protected by the prevention of dust into the engine. When it has functioned to its full capacity, it may affect the performance of the engine as it won't be able to hold back dust again. Getting a new one now becomes necessary, and it's affordable. With a new air filter installed in your car, the engine will sure run smoothly. Consider replacing your air filter with a new one.

Air filters are usually changed every 12000 miles. If your car has covered the miles, then change it.

>>> Do check out our tips and advice section for other road trip hacks.

Jane Osuagwu

Jane Osuagwu is an automotive writer at Naijauto.com.She's a car enthusiast who loves creating educative and informative topics on cars, ranging from maintenance tips to updates on the latest trend in the auto industry in mechanically yet friendly writing. 

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