The Ultimate Road Trip Automotive Maintenance Checklist

auto road trip maintenance checklist

Every person loves an excellent road trip, but if you fall short in preparing your automobile for a road trip it might lead to catastrophe. Don’t be fooled into believing that your brand-new car doesn’t need to be examined, a fast mechanical check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside malfunction. We’ve assembled a quick automobile maintenance checklist of the most important points you need to check prior to your next journey.


Is My Vehicle All Set For A Trip?

Even if your vehicle is brand-new that does not automatically mean it’s ready for a long trip. If your car is past due for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burned-out taillight then you most definitely should get those things fixed before dreaming of the open road. Furthermore, if you don’t already have an emergency kit in your automobile, you should create one before your next trip. Despite all the journey planning on the planet, stuff can break. A little bit of prevention can help profoundly when presented with unanticipated car troubles.


Safety Checklist for Road Trips

Okay, you’re ready to look over your vehicle with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you begin? Your road trip checklist should concentrate on 3 main sections: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive checklist, if you thoroughly check these areas your possibility of a nonstop road trip rises.

Check Your Fluids

  • Oil – As we discussed above, you’ll need to make certain 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 out.
  • Radiator fluid – See to it that your antifreeze is completely full for maximum efficiency and check your owner’s manual to see if it should be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Having the ability to brake efficiently can be the difference between an accident or avoiding one. If you are uncertain, have it inspected
  • Wiper Fluid – If you’re likely to be driving a long distance you’re going to hit some bugs or other road debris. Ensure your windshield wiper fluid container is completely full to get the gunk off. Wiper fluid is worthless without good wipers, so replace your wipers while you’re there.

Check Your Tires

  • Tread – Ensure there are no bald spots and that you have lots of tire tread left. Double-check for any type of leaks that require attention. If they can not be fixed, replace them.
  • Air Pressure – Make sure that your tires are inflated to the appropriate pressure and that it’s equal in each tire.
  • Rotation – Ensure that your tires do not need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated correctly can wear unevenly and have an aggravating vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you check on your main tires, do it for your spare as well.

Regular Service Items

  • Light Bulbs – Burned out headlights and taillights can be a safety danger, so make sure they work normally. While you are at it, examine your turn indicator lights and parking lights. You might want to also update to LED light bulbs for brighter light and reduced power consumption
  • Air Filter – If you’re like most of us, your air filter should’ve replaced years ago. It’s simple to do, isn’t really expensive, and can help with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t an auto mechanic, this might be a little daunting however it can, in fact, be rather straightforward. First thing is to search for splits in the hoses, after that squeeze the tubes to see if they feel breakable. Hoses must feel rubbery, if they feel fragile or have cracks you must change them. Search for leaks on your hoses, specifically where they connect to various other parts. Finally, checks the belts to make certain they aren’t loosely attached or have missing notches. A busted belt and/or hose can promptly wreck your trip and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not worn away and that the positive and negative connections are tight. If your car starts slowly you may need a new battery.
  • Brakes – Having the ability to stop your automobile properly is key in preventing crashes. Flushing your brake fluid, replacing the brake pads, and getting brand-new rotors may be needed to have a risk-free automobile for your journey.

Take a Test Drive

You know your car better than anyone. Take it out for a quick spin to see if something really feels off. This isn’t for fun so turn off the radio and concentrate. Does your automobile draw to one side when braking heavily? Does your car Air Conditioner blow cold air? If something feels a little off, you should absolutely have a specialist take a look at it.


Schedule Your Car’s Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car road trip maintenance service at Volkswagen of Beaumont. We are your source for all service needs in the Beaumont, TX area. Book an appointment online, by phone, or in-person today. Our factory-trained technicians are standing by to serve you and your vehicle!


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