What To Check Before A Road Trip

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips, Vehicle Service on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 9:21 pm
what to check before a road trip

Planning an adventure this summer? Nothing ruins a road trip like unexpected car trouble – we hope none of you have to learn that first-hand. Fortunately, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. For a stress-free and easy road trip, make sure your car’s in good shape before you leave. Here’s our essential list of what to check before a road trip.

Don’t Leave Without Checking:

Your Oil

If it’s been a while since your last oil change, it’s a good idea to change it before a long road trip, even if you haven’t quite hit the recommended mileage yet. Stopping by for a full-service oil change will give us a chance to check your car for any other problems that might act up during a long trip.

Your Tires

Check all four tires for any damage, make sure they’re inflated to the right level, and do the penny test to make sure they’ve got a decent amount of tread left. Then, check your spare!

More Road Trip Tips: Towing A Trailer With A Honda CR-V  

Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

On a long summer road trip, your windshield is going to collect bug splatters at an incredible rate. Running out of wiper fluid isn’t a trip-ruining disaster, but it sure is annoying. Top up your wiper fluid before you leave, or bring the jug so you can refill on the go.

Read More: How Often Should You Check The Fluid Levels In Your Car? 

Your Emergency Kit

You’ll find lots of guides for putting together a bigger road trip emergency kit, but as a bare minimum, make sure you’ve got:

  • All the paperwork you’d need if you got in an accident – registration, insurance card, contact information for roadside assistance if you have it.
  • Jumper cables or an emergency jump-starter with a fresh charge
  • Basic first aid supplies
  • An extra phone charger
  • A few extra snacks and water bottles
what to check before a road trip

what to check before a road trip

Happy adventuring from the Matt Castrucci Honda team! May all your summer road trips be relaxing and trouble-free!

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