Should I Have My Car Checked Before a Long Road Trip?


Road trips are the best because you get to explore somewhere new. Besides, you can decide when to go and leave somewhere. But you'll want to make sure, of course, that your car is in working order. So, should you have your car checked before a long trip? The short answer is yes. Read on to find out some maintenance tips you should perform before going on that epic road trip!

Check the battery!

When you're driving long distances, you'll need the battery to be checked! Check it with a voltage meter to see if your battery is in good condition. You can find the meters in any automotive store.

Make sure all fluids and filters are good!

It's common to forget to check if the fluids and filters need to be replaced. Before traveling a long distance, you'll want to make sure that all fluids are checked, and the filters replaced as needed!

Check the tires!

Your tires will need to be in good working condition before you go on that road trip! Make sure the threads are good, the pressure is good so that you'll be good to go!

Inspecting the brakes is important too!

If you are noticing that your brakes are making sounds or starting to feel loose, you'll absolutely want to get them replaced before going on a road trip.

Make sure the lights are working as well!

If you have been noticing that your lights are not working as they should, you probably shouldn't be going on a road trip. This is because there may be an electrical issue with your car.

Inspect the belts and hoses!

If your belts or hoses are loose, it may be dangerous to drive your car. It also helps to keep your car running smoothly as it's responsible for the car's electrical, power steering and cooling systems.

With this checklist, you should be ready for the road trip that you want to go on, no matter how far it is. If you need a vehicle inspection, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Cornerstone Automotive today!