Should I Have My Car Checked Before A Long Trip?

Your daily commutes are usually short and careless. While maintaining your vehicle and going for regular repairs shouldn't be a question, it especially applies to long trips. After all, you wouldn't want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere because of an unprepared camping trip. 

Why Should I Have My Vehicle Checked?

There are a couple of vital systems and parts you should look out for before going on a long trip. Checking them ensures you and your family are as safe as possible on the road. If you spot any of them, visit a repair shop before starting your adventure.


The last thing you want on a family trip is a flat tire. It can cost you a lot of time to repair while you are in the middle of nowhere. Having worn-out tires is not a good thing either because it makes your vehicle unable to stop properly. 


Drivers are well aware of oil changes and their importance, but oil isn't the only fluid that needs regular checking. Here are a few that you should have checked and topped off if needed.

  • Brake hydraulic oil
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Transmission oil
  • Coolant

If you don't want to risk a family trip going south, we advise you to visit a repair facility.


As we all know, bad brakes can cause a lot of trouble. Failing to stop on a rainy or snowy road is very dangerous, so having good brakes is vital. While replacing your brake pads is recommended anywhere between 25,000-70,000 miles, you can have them checked by a mechanic just to make sure.


If you are experiencing any symptoms of a dying battery, a long trip isn't a good idea. Before your next family road trip, have it recharged or replaced if needed.

In addition to all these, you should have the essentials that go with your car. Some of them are a first aid kit, spare tire, emergency blanket, safety vest, and a fire extinguisher. 

Make sure that all these services and extras are taken care of before going further than your local repair shop. At Auto Centric, we have an answer to all your vehicle needs. Stop by and our team of certified professionals will be happy to help!

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