Prepare Your Car For Your Road Trip

The least you need on your road trip is for something to go wrong with your car.

So here is the check list that make your drive is safe:

Road trip checklist

  • Check the car owner’s manual
  • Get any major repairs done
  • Get any scheduled maintenance done
  • Clean out your car: interior and exterior
  • Check under the hood
  • Check oil
  • Check engine coolant
  • Check car battery
  • Check filters: air, oil and transmission fluid (and change it if needed)
  • Check fuel pump
  • Fill the gas tank
  • Make sure you have some form of a map (GPS)

Walk-around inspection for a long trip

The simplest and cheapest way to check car for a long trip is the walk-around inspection. You should do it first by yourself:

  • Check wiper blades for cracks or separation from the blade retainer. Check out all the lights in the car the turn signals, headlights and brake lights.
  • Checking tires is important and you should check the tire pressure when the tires are cold. You can find the recommended tire pressure in the owners manual. Over-inflated tires would cause the tire to wear prematurely in the center. Driving in wet conditions (rain, snow etc) an over-inflated tire gives you less tread contact on the road, and under-inflation will result in bad handling and increased fuel consumption.

Under the hood inspection for a long trip

When you’re done with walk-around inspection of car, inspect under hood:

  • Check fluid levels by lifting the hood and check: engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, radiator coolant, and windshield washer fluid levels – and top off if necessary.
  • Inspect hoses for leaks, brittleness, loose clamps, and softness in the elbow areas.
  • Check belts for alignment, glazing, adjustment, and tearing and cracking – and replace if necessary.

Other items to check under the hood

  • Lights and mirrors
  • Windshield wipers
  • Tires
  • Steering, suspension and drive-train components
  • Spare tire, wheel wrench and the jack
  • Basic emergency kit

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