The Ultimate Automotive Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

road trip automotive maintenance checklist

Everybody loves an excellent road trip, but if you fail in preparing your vehicle for a road trip it can mean catastrophe. Don’t be fooled into believing that your new automobile does not need to be checked, a fast check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside breakdown. We’ve created a quick vehicle maintenance checklist of the top points you must inspect before your next road trip.

Is My Automobile Prepared For A Road Trip?

Just because your automobile is new that does not mean it’s ready for a long road trip. If your automobile is overdue for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burnt taillight then you most definitely must get those things fixed before dreaming of the open road. Furthermore, if you don’t currently have an emergency kit in your automobile, you must get one prior to your next road trip. Despite all the road trip planning in the world, stuff can go wrong. A little bit of prevention can help greatly with unexpected automobile problems.

Safety Checklist for Road Trips

Okay, you are ready to give your automobile a once-over with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you start? Your road trip checklist should focus on 3 major sections: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive checklist, if you extensively inspect these locations your possibility of an undisturbed road trip rises.


  • Motor Oil – As we stated above, you’ll need to see to it that the oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make sure to consult your owner’s manual to see how often it should be replaced. If it’s overdue, you’ll want to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – Make certain that your antifreeze is completely full for optimal performance and examine your owner’s manual to see if it needs to be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Having the ability to brake successfully can mean the difference between an accident or avoiding one. If you are uncertain, have it examined
  • Windshield Fluid – If you’re likely to be putting in some seat time you’re going to strike some bugs or other roadway debris. See to it your windshield wiper fluid container is completely full to get the gunk off. Wiper fluid is ineffective without excellent wipers, so change your wipers while you’re at it.

Tire Check

  • Tire Tread – Make sure there are no bald spots and that you have a lot of tread left. Double-check for any leaks that require attention. If they can not be repaired, replace them.
  • Air Pressure – Make sure that your tires are inflated to the appropriate pressure and that they all have equal pressure in each tire.
  • Rotation – Make certain that your tires do not need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated correctly can wear unevenly and have an aggravating vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you examine on your main tires, do it for your extra tire too.

Routine Service Issues

  • Light Bulbs – Worn out headlamps and taillights can be a safety hazard, so ensure they function normally. While you are at it, inspect your directional signal lights and parking lights. You might want to even upgrade to LED bulbs for brighter light and lower power usage
  • Air Filter – If you resemble a lot of us, your air filter needed changing years ago. It’s simple to do, isn’t very pricey, and can assist with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t an auto tech, this may be a little daunting however it can really be fairly simple. First thing is to try to find fractures in the hoses, then squeeze the hoses to see if they feel breakable. Hoses need to feel really rubbery, if they feel really breakable or have fractures you ought to replace them. Search for leaks on your hoses, particularly where they link to other components. Finally, checks the belts to see to it they aren’t loosely connected or have missing notches. A damaged belt and/or hose can swiftly wreck your journey and your engine.
  • Battery – Check to make certain the battery terminals are not worn away and that the +/- terminals are tightened. If your car starts slowly you might need to replace your battery.
  • Brakes – Having the ability to stop your car properly is key in preventing crashes. Changing your brake fluid, replacing the brake pads, and obtaining brand-new rotors may be necessary to have a secure vehicle for your road trip.

Before the Road Trip, Test Drive Your Car

You understand your automobile better than any person. Take it out for a quick spin to see if something really feels off. This isn’t for fun so shut off the radio and concentrate. Does your automobile pull to one side under heavy braking? Does your Air Conditioning blow cold air? If something feels off, you should have a certified technician take a look at it.

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Schedule your car road trip maintenance service at Kia of South Austin. We are your source for all maintenance needs in the Austin, TX area. Book an appointment online, in-person, or by phone today. Our technicians are standing by to serve you!

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5306 South I H 35
Austin, TX, 78745 United States
(512) 444-6635
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