What should I do, if anything, to prepare my vehicle for a road trip?
A pre-trip vehicle inspection is highly recommended, especially if your vehicle hasn’t been serviced for awhile. Car trouble, usually a result of neglecting preventive maintenance, can bring an abrupt end to vacation plans. The situation usually means more than just a repair Bill. It can involve towing charges, lodging and possibly a rental car. Add to that the cost of extra phone calls, meals and general inconvenience, and the ordeal becomes expensive. This scenario usually can be avoided with a pre-vacation inspection performed by a qualified automotive technician. The “physical” for your automobile should highlight the following systems:
Steering & suspension
Electrical and ignition systems
In addition, the tech should evaluate engine performance, tires/wheels, air conditioning/ heater/ defroster, instruments and gauges, windshield wipers, horns/ lights/ mirrors, and all safety restraint systems. Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road trouble, it also provides an opportunity to have repairs made at home, with one’s Own technician who knows the vehicle. Even more important, it provides peace of mind. While no inspection can guarantee a car’s performance, it’s comforting to know proper precautions were taken.