How to Make Sure Your Car is Ready for a Summer Road Trip


There is no summer trip quite like a road trip. Hitting the highway, being able to stop where you want and having complete control and freedom can make for one memorable summer. If you are interested in going on a trip, the first step is making sure your vehicle is in shape to get you through the summer. Here are some things that you need to do to get your car prepared for the road trip of a lifetime.

Car Road Trip

Get the oil and fluids changed

The first step to getting any car ready for a long ride is to get the oil changed. Even if the oil was changed not long ago, it is always a good idea to take care of the oil prior to a trip. Along with the oil, make sure the water in the car is checked and be sure that the fluids, such as windshield wiper fluid is replaced. You want to make sure that all fluids are new and a go for the road. Changing all fluids may seem like a big deal, but you likely won’t have to borrow from in order to pay for the service

Check the brakes and brake pads

If your brake pads are wearing down, this may cause you to have to stop somewhere on the road and get them changed. The best thing to do is to get your brakes and brake pads checked prior to leaving. If your brakes have been squeaking or jerking, bring this up to your mechanic to find out what to do about this. It is best to know about any major work that needs to be done now.

Install seat covers

When you are on the road you will be eating, fiddling, and possibly sleeping in the car. If you plan to do any camping or stop for picnics, you may be dragging items that have dirt and grass back into the vehicle. Before you go, install seat covers on your front and back seats. Seat covers can be inexpensive as long as the properly cover the seats and protect from any damage. Consider installing a trunk cover in the back of the car as well.

Purchase an emergency car kit

Everyone who is on the road needs to have an emergency kit. A pair of jumper cables, a gas can, a flashlight with batteries, a first aid kit, and a blanket plus provisions should all be placed in the truck of the vehicle. You want to make sure that should anything go wrong, you will be able to deal with it, such as jumping your vehicle. Bad weather can happen anywhere and if you should need to pull over on the side of the road you should have water, food, and a blanket in order to be OK until the weather passes. Make sure to pack provisions for everyone who is coming along on the trip, so that everyone feels secure in the event of an emergency.