How do I prepare my car for a road trip?

Even though summer is winding down, many across the country are still taking road trips. Long drives are something a majority of Americans do every year so it’s extremely important to prepare your car for whatever may happen on the road. Here are a few things to check to ensure a safe trip.

  • Check the quality and levels of your oil and if needed get an oil change before your journey.
     
  • Your windshield, brakes, power steering, and radiator all have fluids that are important to have topped off and properly working. For any fluids you’re unsure how to refill or flush, bring your vehicle to an ASE certified mechanic that can do it for you.
     
  • Air filters are easy to change and relatively cheap. They prevent all types of dirt and debris from entering your vehicle. It’s good to check your filter before traveling.
     
  • Look inside your car door to find out the proper inflation for your tires and check to make sure each tire matches the recommended level.
     
  • Don’t forget to check your spare tire for leaks and signs of wear. Make sure it's properly inflated.
     
  • Check the tire tread to establish that you have enough tread for a long trip.
     
  • You don’t have to be a car expert to take a quick look under your hood and examine all of your hoses and belts. Look for any cracks and leaks and make sure all connections are secure. Ensure all belts don’t have too much slack.
     
  • It’s a good idea to clean your car inside and out before a trip. It makes it easy to access anything needed and makes for a more comfortable drive.
     
  • Inspect all of the lights in and around your vehicle. Brake lights, headlights, blinkers all apply. Maximum visibility and safety are paramount!

With all of these tips, you and your vehicle are better prepared for anything that comes your way!