Who doesn’t love a good road trip? It’s the thrill of the adventure, the sights, the destination. A good road trip is something everyone needs to do. A vehicle is clearly necessary to fulfill a road trip – and it’s critical that you make sure your vehicle is road worthy before you hit the pavement. Nothing can ruin your vacation faster than a breakdown on the side of the road. A trip taken in a vehicle more than 10 years old puts you at a 50% higher likelihood that you could be left on the side of the road with a broken down vehicle.

To make sure that your trip goes uninterrupted due to potentially avoidable vehicle trouble, Superwash Express wants to provide you with some pre-trip maintenance to do to your vehicle. During the week leading up to your departure, take the following precautions to make sure your trip is as enjoyable as possible.

  • Make sure all systems are GO! Make sure your air conditioner is charged and that all fluids are full. The same goes for your heating system if you are traveling during the cooler months. Keeping the temperature comfortable inside the vehicle is what will make or break the trip for you and your colleagues.
  • Make sure your battery has some juice in it. If your battery is old or corroded, Superwash Express suggests doing yourself a favor and replacing it. Make sure the battery is charging all of the electronics in your vehicle as well.
  • Make sure your lights and wipers are good to go. Without your headlights being bright and clean, your road trip is going to end well before sundown. Even if you do plan to drive during the day, it’s important that your head lights are in working order should you encounter harsh weather. Speaking of bad weather, replace your windshield wiper blades to make sure your windshield stays clear.
  • Make sure your tires have some life in them. Get a tire pressure gauge and keep it in your glove box. Before your trip and periodically during your trip, take the time to check the tire pressure and make sure your tires have good tread on them. Buy a can of canned tire inflator to keep in the trunk if you do end up with a punctured tire.
  • Fill up your fluids. Make sure your car is topped off with not only fuel, but also windshield washer fluid, motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Make sure the lines are not clogged or leaking.

These are the precautions that Superwash Express suggests you take on your own to make sure your vehicle is in safe and working condition to get you to your destination safely. It is always a good idea to have a mechanic go over your vehicle before a long trip to take a more extensive look at your systems.If your vehicle is not up to par or needs significant repairs before it is road trip worthy, Superwash Express suggests considering a rental vehicle.

Safe and happy road tripping!