Getting your vehicle road trip ready
Summer is upon us and it’s that time of year where Alberta is ripe for the pickin’. Say what you will about winters in Edmonton (they’re awful, they truly, truly are), but summers in Alberta are incredible (most of the time). We’re surrounded by forestry, lakes, and even mountains, which provide the perfect window dressing for hikes, picnics, and of course camping. But before you pack your gear and head out on your journey, there a few things you need to do to ready for vehicle for said journey.
Here are the top 5 things you need to do before any trip.
Check the wet stuff
Change your fluids. That means oil, windshield washer fluid (AKA wiper juice), even get a full oil change if you need to. You don’t want to discover your car is dry when you’re already on the road. Also, don’t forget gas, I will tell you from personal experience, it’s a terrible experience.
Check your tire pressure. Make sure they’re calibrated properly and make sure they don’t have any damaging air leaks. While you’re down there, check to make sure your tire treads are at a healthy level. You don’t want to be skidding all around those twisty mountain roads.
Give ‘er the ole’ scrub down
Wash it. Every part of it; inside, outside, undercarriage, even give the roof a nice scrub. Make sure that grille is clear, because you know it’ll be bug infested by the time you roll back up your driveway post-trip. A clean car is a happy car! (I think that’s a saying, right?)
Make sure that every works as it should, brakes, lights (all of them), your air filter, anything else I forgot, or that you’ve been putting off fixing. The last thing you want is something that was easily fixable pre-trip to blow or pop.
Just in case!
This one is less obvious than the others. A surprising amount of people (the actual amount I have no clue of) seem to not have any kind of emergency kit anywhere in their vehicle. I’m not just talking about jumper cables here either. You should pack spare blankets, towels, water, a flashlight (or two), heavy close, and anything else you can think of in case of an emergency. The Alberta wilderness is wild and mostly untamed. So in the event that Big Foot comes out of the woods and thrashes your tires or something, you wanna make sure you won’t starve or freeze to death. (the likeliest of scenarios, I know).