Pre-Road Trip Car Maintenance Tips
Before you go on a long road trip, it’s important to perform some pre-road trip car maintenance to make sure your car will make it on the journey—especially if it’s an older car. Follow these tips to guarantee your car will stay healthy on the road.
Replace your windshield wipers and other small things you can easily do at home like checking the fluids. If you’re in need of an oil change or other routine maintenance, do it before you leave!
Schedule a checkup if you’re not very handy and have your mechanic or dealership technician check the battery for erosion, the tires for wear or leaks, the brake pads, and so on. If you’ve noticed anything weird, tell the technician about it so it can be fixed.
If you don’t have a GPS system built into your car, make sure your phone or portable GPS is working fine, and that your charging ports are charging correctly. Bring a map just in case you have some kind of technical failure.
Pack light—you don’t want to overload your car, as this can cause faster tire wear and also lower your fuel economy.