Pre-Trip Vehicle Maintenance

Summer is quickly approaching, and with it comes VACATION road trips! But before you hit the road, it is important to ensure your car is in good condition. Proper car maintenance can not only help prevent breakdowns and accidents but also make your trip smoother and more enjoyable. Above, is a printable checklist of some basic car maintenance to perform before you hit the road.

*Check your tires

The tires are one of the most important parts of your car since they are responsible for keeping your car on the road. Before a trip, check your tires for wear and tear, as well as pressure. Make sure that the pressure is at the recommended level for your car, which can be found in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s side door jamb. Don’t forget to check your spare too! And ensure that your jack is in your car.

*Change your oil

Clean oil in your car’s engine is important to its overall health and performance. Before a road trip, have your oil changed if it is due or close to being due. Old oil can cause your engine to work harder than necessary, which can lead to overheating and other issues.

*Check your brakes

Your brakes are essential to your car’s safety, and you should have them checked before a road trip. Get your brakes inspected by a professional mechanic to be sure that they are in good condition and will be able to handle the demands of your trip.

*Check your battery

The battery is what powers your car, so it’s important to make sure that it is in excellent condition before you hit the road. If your battery is more than a few years old, test it to ensure that its still holding a charge and won’t fail while you’re on the road.

*Check the fluids

Your car’s fluids play a vital role in its overall performance and health. Check your engine coolant, transmission fluid, and brake fluid levels before you leave on your trip. Make sure that all fluids are at the recommended levels and there are no leaks.

*Check your lights

Make sure that all your car’s lights are working correctly, including the headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals. Not only is this essential for your safety on the road, but its also required by law in most states.

Before heading out on a long trip, it is important to be sure that your car is in good condition. By performing basic car maintenance, you can prevent breakdowns and accidents and make your trip smoother and more enjoyable. If you’re not comfortable performing these tasks yourself, take your car to a professional mechanic to have them done. Safe travels!!