Unmistakably, self-drive road trips are one of the best things to encounter in life. You connect with nature on a whole new level and get to appreciate the countryside. It is a fantastic experience that could very well turn sour once you encounter a car issue, and you have no idea how to fix it.
Assuming your car is in top shape, which is a must by-the-way, below are some of the most common issues you might face while you are on the road. Good driving by following all you have been taught in all LTrent Driving Lessons come in handy, but gathering the following info will make your trips better.
Let’s get started.
A flat tire
This is by far the most common issue motorists face when they hit the road. So before leaving home, make sure that you cross-check that you ave the jack, the spare tire, and extra nuts. If you have a car you have not changed the tire in a while, rotate the nuts, and check for their mobility. Imagine having everything, and the old wheel just won’t budge? It can be a headache for sure.
The great thing about changing a tire is that as long as you have the tools, anyone can learn how to do it. So before starting your trip, check out a few tutorials online and find out how it is done. Heck, why not try with your current wheel! Practice makes perfect.
Many motorists overlook this as a minor issue, but it is a significant one that could be fatal. You need to see and see; otherwise, you will not be able to drive at all. What will make this even scarier is not seeing the road you do not know of. So much so, fix the wipers before leaving the house. If what you have is flimsy and cracked, carry a spare; it is better safe than sorry.
Imagine how scary it would be if you are driving uphill, and just like that, the brake pedal is not reactive! So what you resort to doing is using the downshift, pull the handbrake, and hope the car comes to a halt before anything terrible happens. Now: if this happens while you are on a trip, the first person to consult is the mechanic who will have you check for a few fundamental things like leakage or the likelihood of something popped out of place. If you are lucky, you will get instructions to fix the issue temporarily, but in the next petrol station, your brakes must be checked.
When you take your car for a long drive, it builds up more heat than it would typically do. And if the vehicle has a compromised cooling system, it will heat up. Possible results would be a leaking hose, a faulty fan, or a pump belt. And these are things that can very well be seen during a service session before heading for the trip. If the issue arises from a low supply of coolant or engine oil, which could also cause engine overheating, buying some or having some with you could go a long way into ensuring this issue is sorted out.
To avoid these happening, just make sure that when the engine oil is due for a change and coolant calls for a refill trip or no trip, get it done. In this case, prevention is better than cure.
Have you ever stepped on the acceleration pedal, and you feel the car lagging? Well, what you might have in your hands is something called the power gap. And this can be quite a bummer when you are on the highway and all the cars, even the slowest, are overtaking you. So what might be the problem? The first place to check is the spark plug; their connection might be faulty and be short-circuiting your power supply. And this may lead to the car consuming more energy and more fuel. The only solution to this is to get them checked out at the next stop.
Perhaps you had not used the car for a few months, and now you want to take it out for a trip. It sounds like a pretty bad idea, but some people still do! Well, even if the car was actively moving, a dead battery may hit any person on the road. You switch off the engine and voila! The battery cannot start the car again. The most common reason for this is an old battery or leaving lights on while the vehicle id parked. If the battery is not actively charging, those lights suck all the juice off the battery, leaving none. If you are lucky, a jumpstarting cable might do the trick, but changing the battery all together might be the ultimate solution.
This is a ubiquitous problem but one that can be fixed by a refill. Motorists are always urged to fill their cars’ tanks before starting on the trip and continually checking the gauge when the pointer is nearing empty, refill in the nearest station. If you are heading to a place with no stations along the way, carry with you a few liters of fuel in jerricans set for that purpose, you do not want energy blowing you and your car up!
This is not a car issue but something you, as the driver, might encounter. Imagine falling sick as you are driving! What are the measures you have in place? Here is why you need to be prepared before you start your trip. Have a first aid box with pain killers, an insect repellant, and carry lots of drinking water. If you end up feeling sick, these items might help until you get to the nearest clinic.
Road trips are fantastic. Especially the ones you get to experience all by yourself and with the company of some good music. Now that you know what might happen visit the mechanic before leaving and get what needs fixing fixed. Enjoy your trip, and do not forget the first aid box!