Road trips are one of the best ways to casually travel and see the world on a budget. From mountainous coastal drives to cross country trips, at the end of the day all you’ll really need is a car that’s been well looked after along with a full tank of gas. To ensure the stories you return home with are free of car troubles and mishaps, follow our road trip safety checklist below!

  1. Tires

Your tires are the only parts of your vehicle keeping you and your passengers safely connected to the road. Before departing, ensure your vehicle is equipped with a spare tire, a jack, tools, and snow chains if needed. Most importantly, be sure to stop at your local air pump machine to check and adjust the pressure in your tires.

2. Visibility

Regardless of the weather and time of the year, it’s important that your windshield wipers are in good working condition and you’ve topped up with fresh wiper fluid.  Your wipers, along with the cleaning solution, are crucial for eliminating water stains, mud, bugs and other debris from your windshield that can affect visibility.

For optimal safety on the road it’s absolutely vital that all of your exterior lights are working properly. Have a friend help you check that your brake lights, headlights, turn signals, taillights, and high beams are all in proper working order before hitting the road.

3. Fluids

The most essential fluids that keep vehicles running properly are engine oil, engine coolant, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, and brake fluid. If the level of any one of these fluids becomes too low, the consequences to your vehicle can be catastrophic. If unsure how to complete this step, check the owner’s manual for instructions or bring your car to a mechanic.

4. Odd & Ends

Once you know your car is ready for anything, it’s important that you and your passengers are too! In case you run into issues in a remote area, having a map, flashlight, first aid kit, water and snacks on hand can help save the day. It’s also a good idea to make sure you’ve packed jumper cables, extra batteries for phones and flashlights, and have roadside assistance coverage in case of emergency.

Final Thoughts

The absolute best way to make sure your vehicle can handle your next adventure is to bring it to your locally trusted auto shop. H.W. Automotive, Inc. serves residents and visitors of Mid-Del and Oklahoma City with complete auto repairs and maintenance services five days a week. We are proud to offer you FREE courtesy checks to ensure that your vehicle is operating safely before your next trip!