Setting off on a road trip is an exciting adventure but before you hit the road, make sure your car is ready for the long drive ahead.
Nobody wants to break down on the side of the road because of some over looked problem that could’ve been fixed beforehand.
Taking a half hour to look over your car, give it a few tweaks, and then scheduling a multi-point inspection at least a week before will save you a lot of potential headaches and stress later on, especially if you’re supposed to be celebrating a holiday or enjoying a much needed vacation.
Quick Car Fixes
These are simple things to look at and top off or have the mechanic address.
- Engine Oil – When was the last time you changed this? Is it at the proper level?
- Air Filter
- Battery – When was the last time this was replaced?
- Brake Fluid
- Headlights – Are any bulbs out?
- Power Steering Fluid
- Tire Pressure
- Tire Tread
- Windshield Washer Fluid
- Wiper Blades
Inspections at a Car Repair Shop
These areas are better left to the expert mechanics to take a look and handle. Imagine driving in the heat with no air conditioning or to have a belt snap off in the middle of the highway. Let’s take care of these essentials and not worry about them later.
- Air Conditioning
- Belts & Hoses
- Brake Repair
- Oil Change
- Starter and Electrical System
- Transmission Repair
- Wheel Alignment
Things to Bring on a Road Trip
Besides your luggage and some snacks, these are things to keep on hand in your car in case of an emergency or accident. Even though some things may seem unnecessary, you’ll be grateful to have them available in the trunk.
- Battery Charger
- Cell Phone & Charger
- More Snacks
- Motor Oil – 1 quart
- Trip Route and Stops
Before starting your road trip, make sure someone else knows when you’re leaving, where you’ll be, and when you’ll come back. Set up timed lights in your house for security and ask a family member or friend to check on the house, grab your mail, and water the plants. Along the way, if you need a hotel for the night, reserve a room ahead of time or have a list to reference, especially if there’s bad weather.