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Tips for Checking Your Car Before a Road Trip

The long awaited family vacation is finally here! Bags are packed, hotels are booked and everyone is ready to go. But is your car ready to make the trip? The last thing you need is to get stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken down vehicle. Fortunately, with a little pre-trip car check, you can spot some potential trouble makers that could put a damper on your vacation. Do this pre-trip check at least a week before your trip so you have time to take it to your Baltimore auto repair shop in the event that something needs to be fixed.

Pre-Road Trip Car Check


Check the pressure of your tires and adjust it to the manufacturer’s recommended level if necessary. Give the tread some attention too. If it’s looking too worn down, your tires might be nearing the end of their lifespan. Look for any other inconsistencies in your tires as well such as protrusions. If the tires have seen better days, a new set of tires will be well worth the money and prepare your car for whatever weather it encounters.

Belts and Hoses

The belts and hoses in your engine are essential for countless functions. From the power steering to the cooling system, the seemingly chaotic jumble of belts and hoses under the hood all fits together to keep your engine running. Check belts and hoses for cracks, fraying, looseness, or any other signs that they may be past their prime. A worn out belt or hose is absolutely worth replacing.

Lights and Wipers

Check all of your lights to make sure they’re working, inside and out. You can get pulled over if your headlight, brake light, or tag light is out. If your wipers are worn out, put some new ones on.


When was the last time you changed your oil? If you’re going to be driving a long way, it might be worth a pre-trip oil change. Your local Baltimore auto repair shop can check the levels of all of your other vehicle fluids as well to make sure you’re ready to go.

In need of an oil change, tune up, or other work on your vehicle before you hit the road for a road trip? Bring your car to Auto Stop! We’re your local Baltimore auto repair shop, ready to help get your car in shape for wherever the road leads.

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If you have any questions about our blog, “Tips for Checking Your Car Before a Road Trip” please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600 or visit AutoStopLTD.com today! You can also follow Auto Stop on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

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