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A Quality Road Trip Checklist for the Last Summer Trip

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One More Trip for the Summer

It’s August, you know what that means? Back to school anxiety begins to emerge and the realization that summer is about to end is sinking in. However, before that happens, there’s still time for one last summer road trip! Fortunately, we live in beautiful Southern California where the landscape is rich with amazing destinations like San Diego, Malibu, and Big Bear. All of them within reach by hopping into a car and going for a drive. There are several things to plan before your big road trip, most of which is creating a road trip checklist for your car. Because of the potential long drive ahead, utilize this list to ensure that your car is ready for a high number of miles.

Get Ready for a Long Drive

When it comes to planning on a road trip, we know most of the check marks. Some of them are creating your travel itinerary, filling up the gas tank, stocking your car with food and water, and organizing your routes. However on the car side of things, we need a good road trip checklist to remind us of what we need to take care of so our car can run smoothly. The last thing we need is engine breakdowns and an overheated car during the far trip. Here’s ten tips that you should input on your maintenance checklist.

Battery Check

Double check your battery and make sure that it is in working order. You can do this by making sure that your car’s battery and cables are free of corrosion and securely attached.

Check Brakes

If you’re about to embark on a thousand mile trek on the road; it’s best to ensure that your brakes are checked. If you’re brakes are below 50% operational, it’s best to change your brakes.

A/C and Coolant

If your car’s air conditioning and coolant goes down, your summer road trip may be doomed. Check that your air conditioning is working properly and that the engine coolant is topped up.


Do a sweeping check of your fluids. From oil, water, power steering, transmission, antifreeze, windshield washer, and brake fluids. You should freshen up these fluids before going on a long drive.

Car Lights

Check the lights of your vehicle. This includes all brake lights, turn signals, headlights, and tail lights.

Windshield Wipers

If you have noticed that your windshield wipers have been squeaky as of late, replace them before the trip. It’s better to have a smear-clear view and to have efficient wiper just in case it starts to rain. It also depends on where you are heading to on the trip.

Tire Check

Inspect your tires of course! Tires are the most common failing component of a vehicle. Inspect the condition of the tire. Make sure there that your tires are properly inflated and that there is no uneven tread wear or tire wear. If you notice any of these signs, rotate or balance the tires, re-align the wheels, inflate the tires to the proper pressure, or replace them.

Suspension System

Inspect your suspension system for worn or damaged parts. Contact an expert auto technician if you do not know what to look for.


Loose, old, or worn out engine belts will eventually fall off, so if you do have an older car or if your car has excelled over 50,000 miles, you’ll need to replace them sooner than later. You can check the belts by turning them sideways with your hands then look at the friction surface. Warning signs would be if its ragged, torn, cracked, or showing fiber cords.

We Can Help Inspect

This road trip checklist is for your car and your car only since without, there would be no road travel plans at all! Several things can go wrong, if you have an older vehicle and it is not properly cared for. We want you and your friends or family to have the best summer road trip after. Utilize these tips into your checklist. However, if you run into trouble inspecting, checking, or knowing where to look, take your car into Lee’s Frame & Axle & Body; we can definitely help review and enhance your road trip checklist.

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