Automotive Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

road trip auto maintenance checklist

Every person enjoys a great road trip, yet if you fail in preparing your vehicle for a road trip it can spell catastrophe. Do not be deceived into believing that your brand-new vehicle does not require an inspection, a fast mechanical check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside breakdown. We’ve created a quick vehicle maintenance checklist of the most important things you must inspect before your next trip.

Is My Car Prepared For A Trip?

Just because your car is brand-new that doesn’t automatically mean it’s ready for a long trip. If your car is overdue for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burned-out taillight then you absolutely need to get those items dealt with before dreaming of the open road. In addition, if you do not currently have an emergency kit in your vehicle, you ought to get one prior to your next trip. Despite all the trip preparation possible, stuff can go wrong. A little bit of prevention can help greatly when presented with unanticipated automobile difficulties.

Safety List for Road Trips

Ok, you’re ready to give your automobile a once-over with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you begin? Your road trip checklist should focus on 3 primary sections: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive checklist, if you completely inspect these areas your possibility of a continuous road trip rises.

Get Your Fluids Checked

  • Motor Oil – As we discussed above, you’ll want to see to it that the engine oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Be sure to consult your owner’s manual to see how often it should be changed. If it’s past due, you’ll need to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – Make sure that your antifreeze is completely full for optimal efficiency and check your owner’s manual to see if it needs to be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Having the ability to brake effectively can be the difference between a crash or not. If you are not sure, get it inspected
  • Windshield 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 topped off to get the crud off. Wiper fluid is ineffective without good wipers, so change your wipers while you’re at it.

Tires & Treads

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

Routine Service Items

  • Light Bulbs – Worn out headlights and tail lamps can be a safety threat, so make sure they function correctly. While you are at it, inspect your directional signal lights and parking lights. You can even upgrade to LED light bulbs for brighter light and reduced power usage
  • Air Filter – If you’re like the majority of us, your air filter needed to be changed years ago. It’s simple to do, isn’t very costly, and can help with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t an auto mechanic, this could be a little daunting yet it can, in fact, be rather easy. First thing is to look for cracks in the hoses, after that press the tubes to see if they feel fragile. Hoses should feel rubbery, if they feel really weak or have splits you need to change them. Look for leaks on your hoses, specifically where they link to other parts. Lastly, check the belts to see to it that they aren’t loosely attached or have missing notches. A busted belt and/or hose can rapidly destroy your journey and your engine.
  • Battery – Look to ensure the battery terminals are not rusted and that the positive and negative terminals are tightened. If your car starts slowly you might need to replace your battery.
  • Brakes – Having the ability to brake your car capably is key in staying clear of crashes. Flushing your brake fluid, changing the brake pads, and even getting brand-new rotors could be essential to have a safe automobile for your trip.

Test Drive Your Car Before the Road Trip

You know your car much better than anyone. Take it out for a fast drive 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 under heavy braking? Does your Air Conditioner blow cold air? If something feels off, you should have an expert take a look at it.

Schedule Your Auto Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car’s road trip maintenance service at BMW of Beaumont. We are your source for all your vehicle service needs in the Beaumont, TX area. Schedule an appointment by phone, in-person, or online today. Our certified mechanics are standing by to serve you!

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