Tips for Getting Your Vehicle Ready for a Road Trip

March 13, 2018

Are you long overdue for a good-old fashioned road trip? What better reason to have an open road adventure than to take your super car out for a drive? Before you hit the open road, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape and ready for the ride.

 

As high performance vehicle enthusiasts, we know that part of fun in owning your luxury vehicle lies in working on it. Before your next roadtrip, give your wheels a once-over with our handy guide. And for those times your pressed for time, we can handle all of the details to for you!

 

Check Your Fluids

Fluids are the lifeline of any super car. Service intervals on your vehicle fluids generally depend on your mileage. Before you head out on your next road trip, recognize how far you’ve driven since your last trip. How far do you plan on driving during your next trip?

 

Everyone tends to remember the big three: oil, gas and windshield washer fluids. Your car needs oil and gas to function, and you certainly don’t want a dirty window ruining your view along the way. It’s also important to remember to check your power steering, transmission, radiator and brake fluids.

 

When the car is running, and the engine is warm, pop the hood and see if you can see or smell anything. If you smell something sweet or see green/yellow streaks on the engine-oil dipstick, you may have a coolant leak. If any of your fluid levels are significantly low, you may have a leak.

 

Always be careful when checking your fluids, especially your radiator fluid. Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot, or you could end up with a really bad burn. If you have any doubt, be sure to have your fluids checked out at Parc Ferme before you head out.

 

Don’t Forget the Tires

Tires are essential to safety, comfort, and fuel efficiency for your auto. It’s important you check their condition before you rev your engine and hit the open road.

 

Air pressure: You want the best fuel performance on your trip, and underinflated tires are sure to waste gas. On the other hand, over-inflated tires impact ride quality. Inaccurate air pressure can also cause your tires to wear unevenly. Be sure to check tire pressure every 1,600 km. This doesn’t have to be a hassle, simply make it part of your gas stop routine.

 

Tire rotation: Tire rotation is essential to the life and performance of multi directional tires. Tire rotations should be completed every 8,000 to 12,800 km. Even when your tire pressure is accurate, variations in weight balance, suspension calibration, and various road conditions make tires deteriorate at different rates. For optimal performance, regularly rotate your multi directional tires.

 

The professionals at Parc Ferme can rotate your tires and check out their lifespan. Depending on the wear and tear, and mileage your tires have, they may need to be replaced. According to current regulations, the maximum lifespan for a set of tires is three years. How long your tires last also depend on whether they are multi directional or not, as this will determine if you can rotate your tires. When in doubt, take your vehicle to a professional.

 

General Maintenance (brake pads, bulbs, air filters)

Super autos and high performance vehicles have various elements that need maintenance to maintain optimal performance. It’s important to check these components before you head out for a long drive.

 

Belts, hoses and battery: Make sure belts and hoses are in top shape. If your vehicle has one, be sure to check the timing belt. It’s important these components are functioning for optimal performance. An overheated engine or loss of power steering will certainly throw a wrench in your plans. Don’t forget to check your battery. You want to make sure it’s full of juice to power your car.

 

Brake pads: Brake pads wear away with time. They can become too thin to work correctly. If your brake pads are deteriorating, you may notice an irritating, squealing, or screeching noise. How often you replace your brake pads depends on what they are made of and how far you drive. Typically, brake pads last between 40,000 to 110,000 km.

 

Air filters: With dust, bugs and debris everywhere, the road can be a dirty place. Your vehicle uses air filters to keep harmful substances from invading the engine. Eventually, an air filter reaches capacity. When this happens, it becomes clogged, impacting engine performance, fuel performance, and air quality. Relatively inexpensive to replace, you should replace your air filter every 19,000 km.

 

Light bulbs: There’s nothing like hitting the road under a starry sky. Light bulbs are essential for signalling and seeing after dusk. An easy item to check, simply turn on your car and switch on the headlights. While in park, take a walk around to see if you have any burnt out bulbs. Be sure to check your headlights, tail lights and blinkers.

 

At Parc Ferme, our capabilities and offerings go far beyond storing your vehicle. Unlike other vehicle storage companies in the UAE, our facility includes an onsite engineering facility. We’re dedicated to performing everything from routine maintenance and complex mechanical repairs to electrical repairs.

 

So back your bag, rev up your engine, and hit the open road. We look forward to storing your vehicle when you get back.