How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

If you are getting ready to load up the car and take your family on a road trip, it is important to remember that a pre-trip auto checkup could make all the difference.  The following tips will help ensure that you and your family have a safe and fun trip.

Take your car to a technician  

The first thing you’ll want to do is take your car in for service about a week or so before your trip to have a full safety inspection done.  Never take your car in the day before because if there’s a problem, it could take some time to fix.  A last minute fix could delay your trip by a couple days, or even a week.  During the safety inspection the technician will check everything from fluid levels, tires, belts, and brakes to make sure your car is ready to go.  At Vanderstyne Toyota, we do a multi-point inspection with every 5,000 mile service (checks fluids, filters, wipers, lights, battery, tire pressure, etc.).  We will also do one complimentary with any other service, just ask!  You can contact our service department by click here Service, or by calling (585) 225-6600.

Be ready for anything

Despite having a mechanic look at your car, there’s no guarantee you won’t run into any auto troubles on the road.  Be sure to have a repair kit handy for any fixes you might be able to take care of yourself.  It is also a good idea to have a roadside survival kit that includes a blanket, flashlight with new batteries, and some extra food and water.

Always keep a copy of your car’s warranty, insurance and contact info for your emergency car care service in your glove box at all times.  You’ll want to keep these documents in a travel organizer to protect them from any accidental spills or damage.

Last but not least, remember to bring a spare set of car keys and put them somewhere in your vehicle in case you lose your keys.

There’s nothing worse than experiencing car troubles away from home.  By following these pre-trip tips, you will help ensure that your car is ready for the journey ahead!


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