When you’re planning to take a road trip with your car, there are some checks you should have your mechanic do. You want to make sure that your car is in tip top shape and isn’t likely to leave you stranded on the side of the road or worse. Here are some things that should be looked at before hitting the road.

Road Trip

Aside from having two people double check that the coffee pot are iron are unplugged, your car will need to be checked over a week before your road trip. Stop by Reliant Auto Repair so that we can make sure your car is in great shape for the long drive.

Fluid Levels

Your mechanic will check all the usual fluid levels that are normally checked when you have an oil change, such as the radiator fluid, oil, windshield wiper fluid, etc.


Make sure your tires have good tire tread and the proper tire pressure according to the tire manufacturer’s guidelines. Be sure to ask your mechanic to check the spare tire and jack also. You might find out these items are missing, so buy a spare and jack before the trip.


You need good wipers when it rains. Replace worn wipers, if they are not doing a good job.


A worn belt can break when you’re on a long drive. All belts and hoses should be check for cracks and wear.


Make sure your headlights and taillights are working properly and that your headlights are properly aligned. If one headlight it showing the side of the road instead of straight ahead, you are not going to be able to see well at night.

Reliant Auto Repair

Make an appointment with Reliant Auto Repair before taking your road trip, so your car can be thoroughly checked out for these things and more.