Must read guide to preparing your car for a roadtrip

Must read guide to preparing your car for a roadtrip

Nothing brings a family closer together than traveling the world together. Now thanks to this Sponsored Post from cars.com you can ensure that your car is in tip top top shape for road tripping in any season.

So, whether you want to take a short trip of only a few couple hundred miles or if you want to drive all across country, you will need to make sure your vehicle is in near perfect condition so that you and your family can arrive and return safely. The first thing you need to do to prepare your vehicle for a safe road trip is to learn how to perform routine inspections.

Step 1: Check engine fluids and filters. Check the:

It is important that you make sure all the fluids in your car are clean, and full.

Step 2: Check the belts and hoses. You want to  inspect them for wear and leaks.

If you notice anything that seems worn out or is deteriorating, get the opinion of a mechanic if you have any belts or hoses to be  replaced before you head out on your adventure.

Step 3: Check the battery and terminals.

It’s a good idea to have the battery checked. If you are go on a particularly long road trip you may want to have the battery replaced. You also need to check the battery terminals for corrosion. If the terminals need to be cleaned. You can clean them with a simple solution of baking powder and water. If the terminals are damaged or if there are exposed wires, have them replaced immediately.

Step 4: Check the tires and the tire pressure.

Make sure you check the condition of your tires ensure that your tires don’t  have any tears or bulges. Another important thing to check is the tire tread.  For a road trip it would be best for you to have at least 1/12” of tread. But how do you check your tire thread? it’s easy all you need is a quarter:

  • Stick the quarter in the tire thread make sure that George Washington’s head  is upside down between the tread.
  • Now, if you can see the top of his head you need to change your tires.

You also need to check the tire pressure. If you need help checking your tires you can check out this video. Another important tire tip is to make sure you have the proper tires for the season you will traveling in.

Step 5: Check the brake pads and all the lights and signals.

If you’re not sure about the condition of your brake pads, you may need to contact a mechanic to have them inspected. Let them know more about your trip and how far you plan to be driving. Don’t forget to make sure all your lights and signals are good.

Step 6: Check the air filters and the windshield wipers.

The engine air filter can have an effect on fuel efficiency.So you want to ensure that the filter is not torn or filthy. If it is you might want to change it.  Another thing you need to check are the windshield wipers. This is especially important if you are traveling when rain is expected.

Now,that you have ensured that the car is running properly. The next step is just as important but is one that is often overlooked..

Step 8: Check car seats

Check out this video so that you can check your car seats before you go on a trip. If you aren’t sure about your car seats you can always go to your local fire station and they will be more than willing to help you check your car seats.

After all of these steps are completed you can pack and get ready for your adventure. I would also recommend that you  be prepared for the trip just in case anything does go wrong on your journey. For this, always allow room in your budget for certain repairs. You might also want to take some extra fuses and light bulbs along with some tools.

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56 thoughts on “Must read guide to preparing your car for a roadtrip

  1. This is quite comprehensive guide but so useful! Every time I have been on a road trip, I was renting a car so i always assumed all the checking had been done before. But just to be extra cautious, I now know that i should check it again just in case

  2. Yes, this is so important to do! I always worry we’ll get stranded on the side of the road, which would be awful. So we do a lot of this.

  3. Thanks for some really great tips! It’s very easy to overlook some of these things, but it’s so important before setting off on a road trip!

  4. It really is so important to make sure you are prepared before heading off on a road trip and these are some great reminders of some of the things you should be checking.
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  5. These are all great ideas! I know when my family is going to travel somewhere by car we have a lot of things checked out beforehand so we don’t have to worry about it!!

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  6. These are all so very important. A quick check can find a minor flaw that if left unfix can cause huge problems on the road.

  7. I don’t have a car but if I go on a road trip with someone I would definitely give them key pointers. Like you said check the batteries and check the fluids too!
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  8. I always get my car serviced before we go on a road trip. I pack an emergency kit and a lot of extra snacks and drinks. It is good to be prepared.

  9. These are such amazing tips! I actually got a lesson today on how to make sure all my fluids are where they should be and how to top them off. This post was the icing on the cake!

  10. Excellent trips for a family ready for a road trip. I leave that all up to my husband but will share some ideas.

  11. These are great reminders! I’m going to write them down for my next trip!

  12. Thanks for these really useful tips. I would definitely book mark this for me and my boyfriend to read before we go on our next road trip. Thanks for sharing.

  13. This is a good roadtrip safety guide. Traveling on the road is very important to check for all of these things for a safer trip.
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  14. This is a complete and accurate guide that will help everyone to have a convenient trip. I have seen a lot of fantastic offers at cars.com. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Great tips! Such a nice car! I hope to drive one soon.
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  16. It’s really about time that I start to learn how to drive!! Road trips are so much fun. This is an essential guide, indeed! 🙂

  17. This is such a comprehensive tips! We love family roadtrips and agree that having the car checked before the trip is important.

  18. Great informative post! My husband is from SD, so here’s very used to going on several road trips each year. Thankfully he knows to go through the checklist you mention.

  19. These are such amazing tips. We are planning for a road trip soon and your tips are gonna come handy.
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  20. I always take my car into a mechanic. They do a check over on all of that stuff and it makes me feel much better and it’s worth every penny.

  21. Indeed such great tips and information. We really need to make sure that all are properly set and car must be in good condition.

  22. Great article, but I did not find any information to parents, who are going to travel with their toddler kids.
    Also, you should mention, that you should use a proper type of tires, according to the season.
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  23. Wherever the destination/s is/are, family roadtrip is fun! This list of tips are helpful too, enjoyed reading each.

  24. Thank you for this. Keeping a car safe for travel means more time for enjoyable and fun adventures! 😃
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  25. I love road trips and I always check* that things are good. And by check* I mean bring the car to jiffy lube or the mechanic! Good reminder too that I am due for some new tires…

  26. This is very valuable information. This preparation before a road trip will save so much time this summer. Thank you!

  27. Thanks for these tips! It’s so important to do these checks and maintenance for the car. Better safe than sorry!

  28. Amazing tips for those who often goes for road trips. A complete car check is needful before every long or short road trip. Your tips are really great and worth to remember.

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