What to check on a vehicle before you begin a trip
When we are going to make a trip for work reasons or we’re preparing for a vacation, it’s very important to review certain aspects of the vehicle that will take us to our destination. From safety precautions to advice for responsible driving, we’ll you what to look for before getting on any car, van or bus and guarantee with your own eyes that everything will be fine and the trip will come to an end without any problems.
Technical aspects of the vehicle
Without a doubt, one of the most important things to consider is the safety elements of the means of transport that we’re going to use. And one of the most relevant aspects is the quality of the tires installed, which under Chilean law must comply with having a drawing or footprint depth of at least 1.6 millimeters, although it is recommended not to fall below 2 mm. On the same page, the tire pressure must also be adequate according to each car or bus model, considering that an inadequate pressure causes a small degree of wear on the wheel and road adhesion can be lost, reducing the life of the tire.
On the other hand, it’s important to check that the vehicle’s fluid levels are adequate. In order to do this, check the engine oil, coolant, brake and steering fluid and also the water for the windshield wiper. We must also check the correct condition and operation of the battery, verifying that the connections are firmly installed and the battery is not leaking liquid, which should operate at an appropriate level.
The state of the light bulbs is of the utmost importance and requires verification before starting any trip, be it a few minutes or several hours travel. Therefore, we must test that all lights work well and are clean. In addition, you have to look at the height to which the headlights point, which can be adjusted on all vehicles and depends on the amount of cargo that is carried: the higher the load the higher the bulbs will point, which it is not desirable if we need to use low beams.
Finally, a look at the instruments panel of the vehicle can tell us immediately if something is wrong before starting any trip. This panel warns us of any battery failures, oil pressure or level, brake system failure, inadequate temperature, power steering failure, ABS system failure, worn brake pads, airbag system disconnection, casting of the outer lamp or traction control problems. And perhaps one of the most important things that the instruments panel tells us is when we have low fuel left, because nobody wants to have problems due to lack of gasoline.
What to look on the road
If we are sure that the vehicle complies with all necessary safety measures, it’s time to start the trip! However, during the journey it’s also important to pay attention for any factors that affect the quality of the service, which guarantees or not a good arrival to our destination.
On the passenger side, it’s important to remember that in every trip the use of seat belt is mandatory, not only to comply with the law and avoid infractions by the police, but more importantly because wearing a seat belt really saves your life. Studies by the National Traffic Safety Commission in Chile indicate that in the event of an accident where the passenger is dismissed outside the vehicle, if the belt is not used the person is four times more likely to die compared to the correct use of the implement.
Correct operation of the headrests of van and sedan front seats is also vital, since in the event of a collision where a vehicle approaches us from the rear, the risk of a neck injury passengers is reduced if the headrest is installed at an angle and height appropriate to each person.
On the driver’s side, we must ensure that the person in charge is rested and does not drive for more than five consecutive hours, being consistent with article 25 bis of the Labor Code in Chile, which stipulates that figure as safe to ensure the lucidity of our driver.
In addition, a good driver should always avoid distractions along the way, such as checking cell phones and even operating the car radio, focusing his attention entirely on the road.
With all this in mind we can have a safe and unforeseen trip. And if you travel with us, our Fleet Department is dedicated exclusively to review the safety aspects of the vehicle, while our Logistics Department is pending details during the journey. Thus, you can rely on Travel Tours to ensure the safety of the transfer. If you have an idea to move and want to know prices, contact us here.