Best Practices for Preparing Your Car for Long Trips

By Product Expert | Posted in Service & Repair, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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How to Best Prepare Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

Vehicle problems are always stressful, but they’re even worse when they happen in the middle of a long road trip. Thankfully, diligent drivers can easily mitigate this risk by adequality preparing beforehand. Wondering how to best prepare your vehicle for a road trip? We’ve put together some of the best practices you can follow in our blog post down below.


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The same vehicle maintenance tips that apply to day-to-day driving apply to long trips as well. However, it’s no secret that longer trips put much more stress on your vehicle than the average daily commute. Faulty parts and engine issues that may not be noticeable in city travel conditions could become major problems on the highway. Remember, it’s always better to fix problems now so that they don’t result in a trip-ruining disaster later.

Best Practices for Road Trip Vehicle Preparation


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Perform a Thorough Maintenance Check-Up

We all live busy lives, and it’s common for drivers to be neglectful in some areas when it comes to vehicle maintenance. If you’re due for changing your oil, filter, air filter or spark plugs, now’s the time to do so. Rubber hoses and engine belts are common culprits of roadside issues, so double-check them as well.

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Create an Emergency Supply Kit

In addition to the various supplies needed for your trip, it’s a good idea to create an emergency kit for your vehicle as well. You never know when a vehicle issue can pop up, so it’s a good idea to be safe and plan accordingly. Recommended items include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a fire extinguisher, a tool kit and road flares.

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