When you’re getting ready to go on vacation, there are a lot of things you need to take care of. You need to pack, clean, plan for care of your pets. The list goes on. Sometimes, when we’re getting ready, we forget some really important things. Who’s going to get the mail? Who will water your plants? What about your car? These may seem like little things, but they still need to be handled before you go. Your car, in particular, is going to need a little TLC. Before you use any Port of Miami cruise parking, you should check a few things out.

All About the Fluids

While the fluids in your car may be fine if you’re using it every day, they might actually be harmful when your car is idle for an extended period of time. Things like old brake fluid and oil can have grit and gunk that won’t cause too much trouble going back and forth to work but can be a pain if left to sit. The buildup in old oil, for example, can eat away at its housing _ and that is not something you want to deal with. If you’re going to leave your car sitting for a while, you should check all of the vital oils and fluids in your car. On this list are your engine and transmission oil, your brake and windshield wiper fluid, your gas and your coolant. If any of them look old or gritty, you should replace them before you depart. Also, if any of them are low, see if you can top them off. This helps keep out air which could be dangerous to your car’s health if left to sit in Port of Miami cruise parking.

Outside Car Care

Another major thing to consider when you’re going to leave your car unattended for a long time is the exterior of the vehicle. If you’re going to leave your car in a garage, you should make sure that all of the doors and windows are closed and locked. You don’t want to have to deal with wind, rain or animals having access to the vehicle if you can help it. If you’re going to leave your car parked somewhere where it is exposed to the elements, you should consider a car cover. (You can check out our article on buying a car cover to make sure you get the right kind.) A cover can prevent damage to paint, help dissuade thieves, and protect against animals or accidents. If nothing else, you should plug up any obvious openings that an animal might see as an inviting place to nest (like the tail pipe).

What It All Boils Down To

One last little tip before you head out is to check for leaks. If you get your car up to normal operating temperature and let it sit in the drive way or a clean parking spot for a few minutes, you can check to see if anything is coming out that shouldn’t be. If you happen to find a liquid on the ground where your car was, you can check out this About.com article to see what it might be and how to remedy the situation. You certainly don’t want to be leaking oil and come back to your car to find it all on the ground. Basically, before you can say you’re ready to go, your car needs to be prepared for its stint in Port of Miami cruise parking. So check your fluids, think about protection, and check the car off your to-do list so you can get back to packing!