Your Pre-road Trip Checklist

Going on a road trip is an exciting time for everyone involved. The idea of going on a trip and spending time in a car with your best friends is appealing to everyone. With that in mind though, there are a few things that you should consider before you leave. If you are a first time roadtripper, or an experienced vet, keep this checklist in line.


  • Perform Car Maintenance: This is crucial, especially if you are traveling a long way. Take your vehicle into your local auto shop before you leave. An experienced mechanic will be able to ensure that your car will be in top running shape before you take to the road. The last thing that you want is car trouble while you’re on the road.
  • Top Off Your Fluid: Before you head out on the road, do a quick check. Do you have a full tank of gas? Is your coolant and windshield wiper fluid topped off? If the answer is no, then make a trip to your local gas station to fill up, and stop by Advance Auto Parts to get the coolant or wiper fluid that you need. Topping off your fluids should keep your ride as smooth as can be.
  • Get Directions: This may seem outdated in the world of GPS and smartphones, but printing out directions, or having a physical map is always a good idea. If your phone or GPS systems doesn’t work, you will still know how to get where you are going. Chances are that you won’t even need it, but better safe than sorry.

Going on a road trip is an excellent opportunity to spend time with friends and visit a place that you have never been to. Before you go, run through a simple checklist of items to make sure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.

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