Preparing Your Car for a Summer Road Trip

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Summer road trips are a beloved national pastime, an excellent use of long warm days to explore the open road and witness new pastures. But as fun as they can be, your trip can be derailed in a second by a fault in your car. Preventative maintenance is the responsible choice when planning a road trip, and getting prepared is as easy as a few simple steps.

Check Functioning and Basic Care

Basic car maintenance is a necessity for a long road trip, let alone your day to day travels. It is important to schedule a checkup before you depart for a long haul. Important measures to take include checking your wipers, topping off fluids, ensuring your lights function properly, getting an oil change, and any other necessary tune ups. Make sure your battery is going strong and its terminals are not caked in corrosion.

Brakes and Tires Inspected

Before a long trip, tires and brakes should be inspected for any tears or malformations. Tires should retain a good amount of tread, and if they are too worn down new tires will be necessary. If they are still in good condition, all tire pressures should be set to the car’s manual standards. Brake pads should be inspected by a professional to ensure they are working properly and at maximum safety.

Roadside Assistance

Besides the basic mechanical maintenance that your car requires, extra care must also go into non-technical preparations that will help ensure safety and security on the road. Your car’s warranty and insurance should be kept in the glove box, as well as any emergency contact info should an accident occur. A spare set of keys kept in a safe place (not locked in the car, for example) is always a smart idea

If you’re preparing for a long-distance drive, Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery can help ensure your car is road ready. Call us at (334) 245-6600 or make an appointment online.


  1. My family and I are going to be going on a big road trip in a few days. I want to make sure that we don’t have any problems along the way. I’ll be sure to go in to a repair shop to ensure that my brakes and tires are working correctly! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I would feel better about going on my road trip if my tires were looking good. I am going to take it in and have it checked on before I go.

  3. Maintenance all year can really make a difference. I think that a lot of people forget that it isn’t just a seasonal issue but something that can really be done all year round. That can make a difference and make it easier to keep the vehicle running smoothly.

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  6. I absolutely agree that you should get your car looked at before a long road trip. It can be a hassle fitting in the time to get it checked out, while you are preparing on leaving for a trip. But, it is way better than getting stuck on your vacation!

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