How to Make Your International Scout Safer to Drive
The International Scout has undoubtedly proven its reliability and efficiency when it comes to traversing any terrain while hauling cargo along the way. But with its old age, you might be wondering if it's still safe to drive. And what better way to keep your heart at peace than to ensure the reliability of its safety features yourself? Here are some maintenance checks that you should try doing to make your truck safer to drive. Because remember, a vehicle's performance isn't the only thing that matters. What's the use of a sturdy truck when it feels like you're going on your last trip every time you drive it?
- Keep tabs on the brake pads' thickness.
Brake pads deteriorate over time and must be replaced accordingly. But with an old truck such as the International Scout, keeping tabs on the brake pads is more important to ensure utmost vehicle safety. If you start hearing squealing noises whenever you use the brakes, then it's time to check your brake pads to know if they have worn out to a point when replacement is already necessary. If you continue driving with worn-out pads, then you are also compromising the other parts of the brake system especially the calipers and rotors, not to mention your overall safety.
- Inflate the tires accordingly.
The condition of your tires is important not only to achieve better performance but to improve road safety as well. Tires get traction on the road, and when they're not properly inflated, they tend to lose their grip, making stopping a lot harder. So make sure that all your truck's tires are aptly inflated; use a tire pressure gauge to accurately determine the tire pressure. Yes, you're going to need a tire pressure gauge because you won't be able to get accurate PSI reading by merely looking at the tires.
- Keep the windshield clean.
Well, how can you drive safely if you can't properly see the road ahead? So make sure that your windshield is always clean and clear of water marks. Keep your windshield washer reservoir always filled and kept fresh. And don't forget to check your wiper blades as well. The rubber in the wiper blades tends to degrade under extreme heat, so even if you're not using the wipers during the summer, your wiper blades are still getting worked up. Replace the blades every six to 12 months, depending on their construction and how often they are used.
- Ensure full functionality of the exterior lights.
The exterior lights of your truck are crucial in ensuring that you'll see where you're going, and that other people could also know where you're at and what your next move would be on the road. Don't underestimate the importance of turn signals and brake lights especially during rainy nights wherein the rain and fog could significantly lower the road visibility. For an added measure, always keep some spare fuse for when one suddenly gets busted. Doing so will keep you from driving a truck with busted or malfunctioning lights.