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Should I Have My Car Checked Before a Long Trip?

If you're getting ready for a road trip, you might be wondering what to do to prepare your vehicle. It's smart to have your car inspected ahead of a long drive to avoid breakdowns and problems while on vacation. Have a mechanic look at the following before setting out.


Batteries typically need to be replaced every few years, and you don't want it dying while out of town. A mechanic can check its status and make sure there's no corrosion.

Fluid Levels

Have a mechanic look at your vehicle's fluid levels and condition. That includes windshield washer fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. If you're close to your next oil change, go ahead and have it done before your road trip. Check for any leaks and have them fixed.


Verify your tires' pressure, tread, and alignment before hitting the road. Over- and under-inflated tires are at risk of blowing out and leaving you stranded. A worn-down tread will cause traction problems, and misalignment can affect fuel efficiency. Don't forget to have the mechanic check your spare tire as well, or replace it if needed.


Bad brakes are a safety issue, so have a mechanic look at them before driving long distances. Brakes wear down over time and usually need replacing around 30,000 miles. It's especially important to get a professional evaluation if you've noticed any noises, grinding, or a spongy-feeling pedal.

Lights and Windshield Wipers

Visibility is essential for both you and other drivers. Check that all your lights are functioning, including headlights, turn signals, brake lights, and interior lights. If the windshield wipers aren't clearing water properly, have them replaced with a new pair.

Additional Issues

If there's anything you've noticed about your vehicle that seems unusual, have it examined before taking it out of town. That could be noises, shaking, odors, or warning lights on the dashboard.

When you're ready for your next road trip and need a vehicle inspection, we invite you to come to Eurotech Auto Service today!

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