Regardless of whether you are going for business or pleasure, there are a few things that you should look over before you head out on a road trip, in order to ensure that you have the safest trip possible. Taking the time to do a little upkeep before you leave can possibly save you a lot of time and money by avoiding costly repairs on your long trip.

Give Your Car a Checkup

Just like it is important for us to have our yearly physicals, it is important that your car goes in for its annual maintenance check-up. In order to ensure that your car is in tip-top shape before getting on the road, you might want to:

  • Review your maintenance schedule.
  • Fix repairs that you have been putting off.

Check Your Fluid Levels

Maintaining proper fluid levels is critical to the overall health of your car. Your car needs fluids such as oil to ensure that the engine is running properly, antifreeze to regulate the temperature of the engine, and washer fluid to maintain good visibility through your front and back windows.  While it only takes a few minutes to look over all of these things they are often left unchecked and topped up by many only when they run critically low. If you are low on an important fluid, you will be happy that you caught the issue before your trip, instead of being stranded on the side of the road.

Check the Air Levels in Your Tires

Tires play a crucial role in both your safety, as well as the safety of others on the road. You might want to check these three things before hitting the road:

  • Check the tire air pressure.
  • How about that spare?
  • Other tire related concerns.

Brake Check

The last thing you want is to have a break problem while cruising down the highway during peak travel times. Make sure your brakes are in good condition before you head out.

Do You have Your Emergency Kit Packed and Ready to Go?

There are a few things that you should always have in your car, especially when you are heading out on a long trip. While there are several more objects that you could add to this list, here are a few key items to have in your emergency kit.

  • A set of jumper cables or a fully charged jumper pack
  • First aid kit
  • Reserve food and water
  • Flashlight
  • Disposable wipes: You can also use a rag or paper towels.

Do You Have All of the Necessary Paperwork with You?

You never know when you are going to need the paperwork related to your car, insurance…etc… So before you leave for your trip double check that you have all of these documents in your car before you leave on a long trip.

  • Proof of Car Insurance
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Road Side Assistance Contact Number
  • Owner’s manual


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