Are you planning a road trip? Before your wheels hit the road, make sure your car is at its peak and that you have the right insurance coverage. It’s always worth the time, effort and money it takes to keep your vehicle in good condition. A well-maintained car is less prone to breakdowns, runs better and will have a higher resale value.
Here are a few ways to get your car road trip ready:
Get your car serviced
Make sure everything is in good working order by taking your car to a CAA-Approved Auto Repair Services facility. If you’ve been putting off routine work—like oil changes or brake jobs—they can help with that too.
Make the outside sparkle
The old adage is ‘a clean car runs better’. Wash your vehicle's exterior with a car shampoo you can pick up at NAPA Auto Parts. Avoid dish soap and other household cleaners as they can wreck your car’s finish. If you’d prefer to outsource the job, a drive-through touchless car wash with an undercarriage bath is a good option.
Deep clean the interior
For the doors and dashboard, mix five tablespoons of vinegar to one litre of warm water. For the floors, apply a foaming carpet cleaner, then suck away the dirt with a steam extractor. You can typically rent them from big box stores for around $30 a day.
Test your battery
Extreme temperatures can wreak havoc on the sensitive innards of batteries. If your battery is labouring or more than five years old, consider calling CAA’s Battery Service. A technician will come to you and test the battery, free of charge. If it needs replacing, they can sell you a new one—Members even save $25 on the price of a CAA Premium Battery—and replace it on the spot.
Make sure you have the right insurance coverage
If you are hitting the road you’ll also want to ensure that you have the right insurance coverage for your vehicle and driving habits.
Safety and coverage for trailers
If you’re towing a utility trailer, camper trailer or boat trailer, the most important thing is to do so safely and be properly insured. Here are a few tips:
- Take it slow and steady
- Accelerate slowly
- Steer gently
- Stop gradually by applying your brakes at intervals
- Drive at a steady speed (speed limit or slightly below)
- Pull over and let traffic pass if it’s piling up behind you
- Drive to weather conditions. If it’s rainy or windy, slow down
- Register your trailer and install its licence plate
Coverage for collector vehicles
MPI’s Collector Vehicle Program provides superior year-round insurance coverage which reflects the infrequent use of collector vehicles and the extraordinary care and maintenance owners provide for them. The program offers Basic all-perils protection throughout the year, with the convenience of not having to switch to Lay-Up or another insurance product in the winter months.
Talk to an Autopac specialist
No matter what type of vehicle you’re driving in Manitoba, when it’s time to talk about insuring your car, trailer, or collector vehicle, call us to speak with an Autopac specialist at CAA.Learn More