The Ultimate Road Trip Automotive Maintenance Checklist

auto road trip maintenance checklist

Everybody likes a good road trip, however, if you fall short in preparing your vehicle for a road trip it could mean disaster. Do not be misled into believing that your new vehicle does not need to be inspected, a quick check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside failure. We’ve assembled a quick vehicle maintenance checklist of the top points you ought to inspect prior to your next road trip.

Is My Vehicle Ready For A Journey?

Even if your vehicle is brand-new that does not automatically mean it’s ready for a long journey. If your vehicle is past due for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burnt tail light then you most definitely must get those items dealt with before imagining the open road. In addition, if you don’t already have an emergency kit in your vehicle, you ought to create one before your next road trip. Despite all the journey planning on the planet, stuff can break. A little bit of prevention can help greatly when presented with unpredicted car difficulties.

Road Trip Safety List

Okay, you’re prepared to give your automobile a once-over with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you begin? Your road trip checklist should concentrate on 3 major sections: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive list, if you extensively inspect these locations your chances of a continuous road trip get better.


  • Motor Oil – As we pointed out above, you’ll need to make sure that the oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make sure to consult your owner’s manual to see how often it should be changed. If it’s overdue, you’ll want to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – Ensure that your antifreeze is completely full for maximum performance and check your owner’s manual to see if it should be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Having the ability to brake efficiently can be the difference between an accident or not. If you are uncertain, have it examined
  • Wiper Fluid – If you’re likely to be putting in some seat time you’re most likely to strike some insects or various other road debris. See to it that your windshield wiper fluid container is full to get the crud off. Wiper fluid is worthless without good wipers, so replace your wipers while you’re there.

Check Your Tires

  • Tire Tread – Make certain there are no bald spots and that you have a lot of tread left. Double-check for any type of cuts that require attention. If they can not be repaired, change them.
  • Air Pressure – Make sure that your tires are aired up to the appropriate pressure and that it’s equal in each tire.
  • Rotation – Make certain that your tires don’t need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated properly can wear unevenly and have an annoying vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you check on your primary tires, do it for your spare tire also.

Routine Maintenance Items

  • Light Bulbs – Worn out headlights and taillights can be a safety threat, so ensure they work correctly. While you are at it, inspect your turn signal lights and parking lights. You can also update to LED bulbs for brighter light and reduced power usage
  • Air Filter – If you’re like the majority of us, your air filter needed to be replaced years ago. It’s easy to do, isn’t very pricey, and can aid with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t an auto mechanic, this might be a little challenging however it can actually be rather easy. First thing is to look for fractures in the hoses, after that press the hoses to see if they seem breakable. Hoses should feel rubbery, if they feel really brittle or have cracks you need to replace them. Search for leaks on your hoses, specifically where they attach to various other components. Ultimately, checks the belts to make certain they aren’t loosely attached or have missing notches. A busted belt and/or hose can swiftly ruin your trip and your engine.
  • Battery – Look to make certain the battery terminals are not worn away and that the +/- connections are tightened. If your vehicle starts slowly you might need a new battery.
  • Brakes – Being able to stop your vehicle competently is key in avoiding crashes. Changing your brake fluid, changing the brake pads, and obtaining brand-new rotors could be necessary to have a secure vehicle for your journey.

Take It for a Test Drive

You understand your car much better than anybody. Take it out for a fast spin to see if something really feels off. This isn’t for fun so shut off the radio and concentrate. Does your vehicle pull to one side when braking heavily? Does your A/C blow cold? If something feels a little off, you should have an expert take a look into it.

Schedule Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car’s road trip maintenance service at Baron BMW. We are your trusted source for all service needs in the Kansas City, MO area. Book a service appointment online, by phone, or in-person today. Our specialists are on hand to serve you and your vehicle!

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