Road Trip Car Maintenance | 9 Things to Check Before You Leave

by Christina Pronger on June 30, 2016

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Summer has officially arrived and with it comes the delightful season of road trips. Road trips are an excellent way for you to get out and see your landscape from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. As you embark, it is important to ensure that you and your vehicle are prepared for the journey ahead. Following are 9 areas of vehicle maintenance that should be checked before the beginning of any long trips, ensuing peace-of-mind on the road.

  1. Check Your Fluids

Before any lengthy journey it is important to make sure you have checked your fluid levels, such as wiper fluid, coolant, brake fluid and oil. Open up the hood, examine your levels and top up any that are looking low.

  1. Get an Oil Change

As long trips can often increase the level of stress experienced by your motor, it is important to make sure that your oil is in good condition. If you are due for an oil change in the near future, you might want to consider getting your oil change done before your trip, to make the journey a little easier on your engine.

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  1. Basic Maintenance

There are many small details to car maintenance that we often do not think about until they need replacing. These include wiper blades, headlights, taillights and brake lights. To save yourself from being caught on a trip as one of these needs attention, you can take a good look before you leave and decide whether or not these items look like they have enough life in them to last your trip. It is also a good idea to bring along spare bulbs so that you are able to effortlessly replace one if necessary.

  1. Inspect Tires

Your tires are your main contact point to the road and when you are gone for a longer period of time, you want to make sure that your tires are going to consistently offer you the traction and support you need. Check your tires over for any bulges and scan your level of tread as a precautionary measure, in case your tires may be too worn out for the trip. Examine your tire pressure, and make certain that it matches up with the figures in your car’s owner manual for an increased level of stability and efficiency.

  1. Check Your Battery

It is important to ensure that your car is going to continue to start throughout your road trip, preventing you from having to jump it in a place where you are unfamiliar with the surroundings. To check your battery and clean its terminals, you can use a little baking soda and water.

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  1. Brakes

When it comes to driving, no matter the length of the trip, having reliable brake pads is essential. Depending on your type of vehicle, you may need to remove your tires to get a good look at your brake pads. This can be done at home, or during a routine maintenance check at your local shop.

  1. Examine your Air Filter

Air filters supply your engine with clean air for the preservation of vehicle performance and efficiency and it is important, when taking along trip, to ensure that this filter is not over clogged.

  1. Get a Carwash

Having a clean car not only improves your sense of pride on the road, but it also helps to maintain clear visibility from all angles.

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  1. Pack a First Aid Kit

Cover your bases with vehicle safety kit that will be able to support you in an event where you are unable to access supplies. Important things to pack along for a road trip include, a flashlight, a blanket, candles, matches, a map, basic medical supplies and extra water.

You cannot always avoid car troubles on the road, but you can take precautionary steps to reduce the risk of their occurrence. Preparing for a road trip comes with anticipation and excitement, and it is important to ensure that your have covered your bases. Enjoy every moment of the journey as you head out with confidence in a safe and sound vehicle.

Christina Pronger
Director of Client Services
AmazonAutoNation.com

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Burt Brothers March 23, 2017 at 8:33 am

There are lots of things that you should check before you travel. Checking your tires is very important since this is the most common problem experienced on the road. Doing car check before travelling helps you to reach your destination in no time.

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