9 “Car”dinal Tips That Might Save Your Road Trip One Day

Before you head out for a road trip, it is always a good idea to make sure your ride is in good condition so you don’t turn your vacation into a huge “pay”cation. Give your car a serious test, which may include inspecting the genuineness of every aspect of your car. And if you’re being super-conscious about your ride, you might also want to get the spark plugs on your car replaced after every 30,000 miles. Hence, you should leave no stone unturned when looking out for your sweet ride.

We have compiled a list of essential things to check to make your car vacation-ready in no time. Stay with us till the end for a bonus tip just for you!

1. Inspect your tires with a penny.

9 "Car"dinal Tips That Might Save Your Road Trip One Day

Insert a penny into the 3 main tire treads and then roll it around. If any part of Abe’s head on the coin hides in the tread, then your tires are good to go. But, if not, then know that your tires are getting shallow and you may need to replace them immediately.

According to the legal limits, your tires must have at least 1.6 mm tread around the circumference of the tire and approximately 3/4 of their width. Repeat the same with the spare tires as well, just to be on a safer side.

Here’s another way to check the authenticity of your tires:

9 "Car"dinal Tips That Might Save Your Road Trip One Day

Scammers sometimes peel the rubber threads off of old tires and spray paint them to make them look new. So you should always be wary of these fraudsters and save your own life by checking the manufacturing date of the tires. A tire can last for up to 6 years.

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