How to Prep Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

The arrival of summer always starts to create a longing for adventure. After months of unpredictable weather or navigating wet, slippery roads, clear skies and warm weather are good enough reasons to pack up the car and see where the journey takes you.

However, your road trip will be cut short if you don’t have a dependable vehicle to get you there. The last thing you want to happen is for your car to break down – leaving you stranded miles outside in the middle of nowhere. Car maintenance is a necessity year-round, but especially before a long road trip. Here are the basic maintenance tasks to be completed before you take off on your next adventure:

Check the Fluids

This includes oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, and brake fluid. We recommend getting an oil change (especially if you haven’t changed your oil in the last 3,000 miles) before heading out on a long trip.

Top Off Fluids

It’s important to top off any fluids that are low, as well as keeping extra bottles of each type in your car in case you should need them and not near any service stations.


Get your battery checked. It’s definitely cheaper to buy a new battery than to pay for both a tow truck and a new battery. Make sure your car’s battery and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion.

Check Your Brakes

It’s very cheap to get your brakes checked. The mechanic will also look at your entire braking system including the master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders, and brake lines to ensure everything is working properly.


Tires are a very important component of a road trip. They require two things to work properly: tread and air. If the tires are showing any tread wear, get them replaced. Make sure all four tires and the spare are inflated to the proper tire pressure.

Schedule Your Preventative Maintenance with Performance Auto Repair

Preventative maintenance is key to your safety on the road during all seasons; make sure you get your vehicle in for an inspection, especially before heading out on those long summer road trips. Trust us; your car will thank you for it! Call Performance Auto Repair of Montgomery today at (334) 245-6600!


  1. I read your blog you have so much information about the automotive maintenance. Very well explained that how to prepare your vehicle for a road trip,Thanks for sharing.

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