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Useful tips for road trips

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At holiday time, many undertake long journeys through our extensive roads, often without knowing basic concepts that we can prevent more than a headache.

Car parking is important think when you are traveling. You should not allow to park your car any where in the road otherwise you will fines for this. And for airport parking it is difficult to find space for car parking.

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Check the status of your vehicle
ALWAYS before trips make sure the levels of oil, water, brake fluid and in some cases direction, are in their correct levels.

Check the wear of the brakes and tires, at this time, complete revisions are made in pricing for most of the gas stations.

Check the condition of the fuel hoses, if cracked, you should replace it, even, take a meter of this type of hoses, it is always advisable, you can check out more of any trouble.

Make sure with your mechanic of the status of all your engine belts, anytime these are broken by wear or other elements.

Ensure your tires
Constantly checks the pressure, which should always be indicated by the manufacturer, this will maintain an optimum temperature in the tires, and proper use of the fuel.

It is advisable to always carry a bottle with foam to punctures, its have an average value of $5,000 and you can get quite a few troubles.

Check the condition of the spare tire, for always being hidden we forget it.

Check your security elements
Always ensure that the burden of your extinguisher is complete, it is cheap and fast recharge (average of $4,000. By a charge that lasts one year). Check the status of all the lights, you have an emergency kit and triangles required by law if you do not, it can cost you a fine by the police.

Do not load the car roof
If you do not have any trunk especially for this purpose, it is not recommended to load elements on the roof of your vehicle, since it changes the aerodynamic profile and can make you spend rather more fuel on a long trip and if the load is heavy, represents a risk, since it raises the center of gravity of your vehicle, making it unstable.

Save Fuel
Not traveling with the windows completely open, as it represents an aerodynamic brake for the car, if you have no air conditioning, use them moderately open.

Always let the car lose speed uphill, generally 10 or 15 km/h, and if necessary, drop a gear, uphill consumption may increase very significantly if the march hurry or insist on maintaining speed.

Travels at an average speed
Optimal use of fuel is always 90 km/h, but much later gets to any destination. But if we’re on vacation, what’s the rush? Keep an average speed of 100 km/h if you intend to save the maximum fuel, enjoy the scenery and you have some extras for other expenditure weights.

Keep a safe distance
Never approach the car that is right in front of you, keep a distance of about 40 meters, which is what you need to break in an emergency, as well as this, gives you the visibility and know clearly what is happening later.

Curb well
In case you need to brake abruptly or emergency, always tends to do around the edge of the road, if someone hits you on the back, you push out and not against another vehicle.

Never ever strong in curve, it will leave you absolutely without direction. If you need to brake really hard, do not break the way in, practice pedal pumping movements between 60% and 100% capacity, practice this might mean saving your life, as the wheels will not slip and the car will need less distance to stop.

Control your vehicle wear
If you’re traveling several hundred kilometers, always carry a liter of oil to the engine with you. Many modern engines are ready to consume the oil gradually, so it is advisable to always carry oil for long trips, especially if your engine uses some unusual thickness or synthetic oil does not get anywhere.

Control the oil level always halfway between the minimum and the maximum, never over the maximum. Also remember that you should be distilled water if not the correct coolant for your car. Water contains no other chemical elements, some coolants original react with people of other brands or natures, gelling and plugging in the engine.

Control yourself
If you’re traveling at night, bring water to hand, open window and good music will keep you awake. If the trip is several hours, take some bananas, try to at least every two hours, this will prevent cramping which can range from uncomfortable to tragic. Remember that you are first to enjoy the holidays and not go against time.