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Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip

May 4, 2010 / 

Schedule your car for a routine maintenance check-up about two (2) weeks prior to setting off on your road trip excursion. Whether it’s for a family vacation or work-related travel, have the following items given the once-over to ensure your safe arrival and return.

  • Fill all fluids and check appropriate filters
  • Tires – ensure proper tread and inflation (if it’s not already there, don’t forget the spare!)
  • Check hoses and belts for loose connections or leaks
  • Brakes – measure wear
  • Lights – headlights, interior and turn signals
  • Battery – obtain a load test to ensure charge
  • Cooling/Heating systems
  • Wipers
  • Gauges
  • Alternator
  • Spark plug wires