Detailing for Adventure: 7 Tips to Prepare for the Rocky Mountains

Do you love the outdoors or see the world through the window of your car? If you live in Calgary and plan to travel to the Rocky Mountains, giving your car a detailed but straightforward checkup before departure is very important for a memorable and satisfying journey. 

Here is how to get your vehicle ready for the Rocky Mountains.

1. Start with a Thorough Car Wash

If you are driving off-road, you will drive into at least swirls of dirt, mud, and other debris. A good starting point is to start with a thorough wash of your vehicle. Living in Calgary, one could always try a professional car detailing Calgary instead. This will make your vehicle look clean and help protect your vehicle’s paint and finish from the buildup of gunk and damaging salt.

2. Get a Professional Car Detailing

A clean car is a happy car. Have your car detailed to ensure the interior and exterior of your vehicle are sparkling clean. Detailing is more than just washing. It’s waxing, polishing, and deep cleaning the inside, which can greatly enhance your driving experience. Plus, starting your adventure with a clean ride is always great.

3. Inspect Your Tires

As you can imagine, it is important to have a good grip on the road surface. Check your tires for correct pressure, tread and condition. If you know that your journey will take you along rough roads, changing to all-terrain tires could be a wise investment. Correctly maintained tires are a good investment for your vehicle, regardless of what you drive, especially during a mountain trip.

4. Check Fluid Levels

Ensure all the essential fluids – engine oil, coolant, windscreen washer and brake fluid – are filled to the required levels. You never know when you might be traversing a mountain road and the last thing you want is to deal with your vehicle’s performance when you should really be on vacation. Top up any low fluids and keep spares with you in the car

5. Pack an Emergency Kit

Be prepared for whatever may come by packing an emergency kit: a first‑aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries, blankets, non‑perishable food items, water, jack, spare tire and jumper cables. Preparedness is the rule in the Rockies.

6. Check Your Lights

Mountain areas especially are prone to thick, low fog, particularly in the early mornings and late evenings. Are all bulbs in your headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals working? Replace any burnt-out bulbs you have, and bring along a spare or two.

7. Plan Your Route and Stay Connected

To do so, plan your route well (including possible escape options) before you go, and ensure you have a solid GPS or map. Cell service can be erratic in the mountains, so having offline synced maps and providing a trip itinerary to someone at home are also important for staying connected and helping you alert someone if you get lost.

Wrapping Up

With these car prep steps, you will feel ready to embark on a family trip to the mountains. Whether you are in Calgary or otherwise, we provide superb services at our car wash Calgary so that your vehicle can be prepared before the journey. Wishing you a blast, enjoy your trip to the Rocky Mountains!

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