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Automotive Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

car road trip maintenance checklist

Everybody enjoys a good road trip, yet if you fail in preparing your car for a road trip it could mean catastrophe. Do not be tricked into believing that your brand-new car does not require an inspection, a quick mechanical check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside breakdown. We’ve assembled a quick list of important car maintenance inspections you ought to do prior to your next trip.

Is My Car Ready For A Road Trip?

Just because your car is new that does not indicate it’s ready for a lengthy road trip. If your vehicle is overdue for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burned-out taillight then you most definitely must get those items dealt with prior to dreaming of the open road. In addition, if you do not already have an emergency kit in your car, you ought to create one prior to your next journey. Even with all the road trip planning on the planet, things can break. A little bit of prevention can help profoundly with unanticipated automobile difficulties.

Safety Checklist for Road Trips

Okay, you are ready to go over your car with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you begin? Your road trip checklist should concentrate on 3 primary areas: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an extensive listing, if you completely examine these locations your chances of an uninterrupted journey increases.

Check Your Fluids

  • Motor Oil – As we discussed above, you’ll need to ensure that the engine oil has been recently changed.
  • Transmission Fluid – Be sure to consult your owner’s manual to see how often it should be replaced. If it’s past due, you’ll want to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – Make sure that your antifreeze is full for optimum efficiency and inspect your owner’s manual to see if it should be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Being able to stop effectively can mean the difference between a collision or not. If you are not sure, have it examined
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid – If you’re likely to be putting in some seat time you’re going to strike some insects or various other roadway debris. Make sure your windshield wiper fluid container is topped off to get the gunk off. Wiper fluid is ineffective without excellent wipers, so change your wipers while you’re there.


  • Tire Tread – Make sure there are no bald spots and that you have lots of tread left. Double-check for any kind of punctures that require attention. If they cannot be repaired, replace them.
  • Air Pressure – Make certain that your tires are pumped up to the appropriate pressure and that they all have equal pressure in each tire.
  • Rotation – Make certain that your tires don’t need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated appropriately can wear unevenly and have an irritating vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you look at on your primary tires, do it for your spare also.

General Service Issues

  • Light Bulbs – Worn out headlamps and taillamps can be a safety threat, so ensure they work correctly. While you are at it, check your turn signal lights and parking lights. You can also update to LED bulbs for brighter light and reduced power consumption
  • Air Filter – If you’re like a lot of us, your air filter should’ve replaced years ago. It’s simple to do, isn’t very pricey, and can help with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t a mechanic, this may be a little challenging, yet it can actually be rather easy. First thing is to search for cracks in the hoses, then squeeze the tubes to see if they seem brittle. Hoses ought to feel really rubbery. If they feel fragile or have cracks you should change them. Look for leaks on your hoses, especially where they attach to various other parts. Lastly, checks the belts to make certain they aren’t loosely affixed or have missing notches. A busted belt and/or hose can quickly destroy your journey and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not rusted and that the positive and negative connections are tightened. If your car starts slowly you may require a new battery.
  • Brakes – Being able to stop your vehicle capably is key in preventing accidents. Changing your brake fluid, replacing the brake pads, and even obtaining new brake rotors may be necessary to have a risk-free automobile for your road trip.

Test Drive Your Car Before the Road Trip

You understand your car better than anyone. Take it out for a fast spin to see if something really feels off. This isn’t for fun so switch off the radio and concentrate. Does your car draw to one side when braking heavily? Does your AC blow cold air? If something feels off, you should have a specialist take a look into it.

Schedule Your Vehicle Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car’s road trip maintenance service at Gillman Acura. We are your source for all maintenance needs in the Houston area. Book an appointment in-person, online, or by phone today. Our factory-trained specialists are standing by to serve you!

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