Planning a road trip this summer? I’m sure you’re getting your list of items needed for this road trip? How many bathing suits do you need or what kind of snacks are you taking for the trip. How about a list of maintenance work for your car? Nothing can ruin a road trip more then the car breaking down in the middle of nowhere. Before you set out on that family trip, make sure to go through this road trip maintenance checklist.

Check Tires

Have a good inspection of each tire. Check the condition of the tires. Make sure there’s proper inflation pressure in the tire. Under inflation can be dangerous and can cause tire damage. It can also affect the way the car rides, handling and the fuel economy. Check the tread on the tires. The tires should have 2/32-inch tread. You can check the tread by placing a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see Mr. Lincoln’s head, the tire is worn and should replaced. Also don’t forget to check the spare tire.

Verify Oil, and Other Fluids are Good

Oil is the blood stream of motors. You should check the motor oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid and brake fluid. Be aware the engine oil, transmission fluid, and gasoline may have a filter the should be examined. If the vehicle is close the oil change, you should change it.

Check Belts and Hoses

Belts can become brittle, frayed, cracked, loose, or show signs of excessive wear. The belts are a compelling part of the car system. It can leave you on the side of the road. With the hoses, you might want to look for leaks or a sucking sound. You can also pinch the entire length of the hose. If it feels soft, it could be deteriorating from the inside. If it feels hard or crackling when squeezed it would be considered a brittle hose. Both of those should be replaced.

Inspect the Brakes

Safety First! Brakes should be replaced periodically. You shouldn’t hear any noise, squeaking, or shaking when applying the brakes. If you hear or feel anything you should get them inspected.

Do All the Light and Signals Work?

Checking your lights is a two person job. One sits in the car turns on each light and signals, ask the other person if they are working or not. Headlights can get foggy, and the light intensity decreases. Which is not safe for night driving. There is a special is a special glazing treatment to clean and renew headlights. Cops are most likely to pull over a person with broken headlights, taillights, brake light, and turn signals.