Precautions to Consider When Going on a Classic Car Road Trip (Part 1)

Posted by Steve White on Jan 28, 2013

Going on a road trip is a great way to enjoy your classic car. However, driving an old car long-distance can be worrisome, because it is more likely to experience mechanical problems, and it is an easier target for auto theft. Take the following precautions to ensure that you will have a safe and hassle-free trip.

1) Give Your Classic Car the Special Handling It Needs

Before you going on a road trip, you have to inspect your classic car to make sure that it is in good working condition. Check the engine, hoses, tires, lights, windshield wipers, and other parts, and repair or replace any part that is not functioning properly. If possible, try to learn about the workings of the engine, so that you will know what is wrong with the car if it breaks down during the trip. Keep a basic repair kit and some tools in your car for fixing minor mechanical problems, as well as the contact number of a reliable towing service provider.

Classic cars are different from modern cars in many ways, and you have to take certain measures to ensure that your car will operate optimally throughout the road trip. For instance, old vehicles were built to run on leaded gasoline, and you have to mix additives with gasoline of an appropriate grade every time you fill up. Even gasoline with the highest octane rating needs additional supplements, such as octane boost, ethanol treatment, or lead additive.

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