Summer is almost here, which means lots of families are getting ready for summer vacation. If you’re driving to your destination, it’s important to make sure your car is ready for your road trip. The last thing you want is for your vacation to be ruined by a broken down vehicle.
So how can you get your car ready for an upcoming road trip? There are a number of things you should do. Some of them you can do yourself, and others should be done by a mechanic. One of the most important things to remember about preparing your car for a road trip is you should always bring your car into the shop at least one week before you leave. This will ensure there’s time to fix any problems if something comes up. Keep on reading to learn how to prepare your car for your upcoming summer road trip and vacation!
How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip
First, here are a few do-it-yourself tips.
Check the lights.
Make sure the brake lights, taillights, headlights, and turning signals are all in good working order. You don’t want to get stopped for a broken taillight!
Check the tires.
Check the tire pressure of all the tires and make sure they’re properly inflated. You should also take a look at the tire tread while you’re at it. If the tread is wearing thin, you might want to replace the tire(s) before your road trip.
Wash your car.
Any time is a good time to give your car a good rinse.
Pack an emergency kit.
If you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car, pack one before your trip. This kit should include things like a basic first aid kit, flashlight, tools, and a map. Make sure to bring your car charger for your phone, jumper cables, and a spare tire/tire changing kit as well.
Check the levels of your fluids.
Check the levels of the oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and windshield fluid. If any are low, top them off before you go. Remember that just adding oil isn’t the same as an oil change, because adding oil doesn’t remove sludge that has built up. Check your air filter too.
At Your Baltimore Auto Repair Shop
Take your car to your Baltimore auto repair shop, Auto Stop, for a full tune up before your next road trip. We can do everything from change your oil, to fixing your air conditioning, towheel alignment, to a complete tune up of your engine. See us before you hit the road this summer, and enjoy your vacation!
Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.
Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!