In all of the packing and preparation that a family vacation can necessitate, one thing that can sometimes be overlooked is the safety and readiness of your motor vehicle on long journeys. Being stranded in the middle of nowhere because of a flat tire or overheating will put a dampener on anyone’s vacation.
In order to make sure this does not take place you should check the tire pressure and the tread. Non-existent or low tread makes traction very difficult and can indicate that the tire is worn out. Make sure you check the tire and consult the owner’s manual to find out how much air is needed as this can vary between vehicles. Front tires also sometimes need a different amount from rear tires.
You should also check brake fluid, oil and anti-freeze before setting out on any long trips. Have jumper cables in the car just in case of battery failure as well as a spare tire and a jack. You should also rotate your tires every five thousand miles that you travel.