What should I do before my road trip?
Test Your Lights
If your blinker blinks fast or stays on solid, you may have a burned out bulb and
you should have this replaced to avoid trouble on the road. If you’re pulling a trailer,
however, and you notice your lights blinking faster, don’t worry - this is normal!
Inspect Your Tires
Take a walk around your car and inspect your tires for any holes or other wear and
tear. You can also check your tread depth by taking a penny and inserting it into
the tread. If you see Abe Lincoln’s head, it may be time for tire replacement. There's
nothing worse than blowing a tire on the way to your vacation!
Top Off Fluids
Topping off your windshield washer fluid is easy to do yourself, and will help with
visibility on those rainy summer days. Check your wiper blades and their operation
while you’re at it. Also, check that sticker on your windshield - if your vehicle
is close to needing its next oil change, get that done before you take your car on
a long drive.
Check Your Brakes
If you hear squealing noises while braking, this may be a sign you have worn brake
pads and they should be replaced. If you notice your brake fluid is low, it could
be a leak or an indicator of worn brake components. Your future self will thank you
for having this checked out before your trip.
Read Your Manual
Seriously… pull your manual out of storage and give it a read. These are filled with
all kinds of knowledge, like the recommended service intervals for oil changes and
changing your belts. If you’re close to any of these recommended services, do them
before you leave for your trip.