The Ultimate Road Trip Automotive Maintenance Checklist

road trip auto maintenance checklist

Every person likes an excellent road trip, yet if you fall short in preparing your vehicle for a road trip it might lead to catastrophe. Do not be misled into believing that your new vehicle does not need to be examined, a fast check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside breakdown. We’ve put together a short car maintenance checklist of the top points you should check prior to your next journey.

Is My Automobile All Set for a Trip?

Even if your vehicle is new that doesn’t automatically mean it’s ready for a lengthy road trip. If your car is overdue for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burned-out taillight then you absolutely should get those items dealt with prior to dreaming of the open road. In addition, if you do not already have an emergency kit in your vehicle, you need to get one before your next journey. Despite all the road trip preparation possible, things can fail. A little bit of prevention can help exceptionally when presented with unexpected car difficulties.

Safety List for Road Trips

Ok, you’re prepared to give your automobile a once-over with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you start? Your road trip checklist should focus on 3 primary sections: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an extensive list, if you completely inspect these Beaumont, TXs your possibility of a continuous journey get better.


  • Engine Oil – As we pointed out above, you’ll want to make sure that the oil has been recently changed.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make sure to consult your owner’s manual to see how often it should be replaced. If it’s overdue, you’ll need to change it out.
  • Radiator fluid – Make certain that your antifreeze is full for optimum performance and check your owner’s manual to see if it ought to be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Being able to stop effectively can mean the difference between an accident or avoiding one. If you are unclear, get it inspected
  • Wiper Fluid – If you’re going to be putting in some seat time, you’re most likely to strike some bugs or other roadway debris. See to it your windshield wiper fluid container is topped off to get the crud off. Wiper fluid is pointless without excellent wipers, so change your wipers while you’re at it.

Tires & Treads

  • Tire Tread – Make sure there are no bald spots and that you have lots of tread left. Double-check for any type of leaks that need to be fixed. If they cannot be repaired, replace them.
  • Air Pressure – Make certain that your tires are pumped up to the proper pressure and that they all have the same pressure in each tire.
  • Rotation – Make certain that your tires do not need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated correctly can wear unevenly and have an annoying vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you look at on your main tires, do it for your spare also.

Routine Maintenance Items

  • Light Bulbs – Burned out headlights and tail lamps can be a safety danger, so make sure they work correctly. While you are at it, check your turn signal lights and parking lights. You might want to also update to LED light bulbs for brighter light and lower power consumption
  • Air Filter – If you resemble the majority of us, your air filter should’ve replaced years ago. It’s easy to do, isn’t very pricey, and can assist with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t a mechanic, this could be a little daunting however it can, in fact, be quite basic. First thing is to look for fractures in the hoses, after that squeeze the hoses to see if they seem fragile. Hoses ought to feel rubbery, if they feel really weak or have fractures you must change them. Try to find leaks on your hoses, particularly where they connect to various other components. Lastly, check the belts to see to it they aren’t loosely connected or have missing notches. A damaged belt and/or hose can quickly destroy your trip and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not corroded and that the +/- connections are tight. If your vehicle starts slowly you might need to replace your battery.
  • Brakes – Having the ability to stop your car effectively is key in avoiding crashes. Flushing your brake fluid, changing the brake pads, and even getting new rotors might be essential to have a secure vehicle for your journey.

Test Drive Your Car Before the Road Trip

You understand your vehicle much better than anybody. Take it out for a fast spin to see if something feels off. This isn’t for fun so shut off the radio and concentrate. Does your car pull to one side when braking heavily? Does your Air Conditioner blow cold? If something feels a little off, you should absolutely have a certified technician take a look at it.

Schedule Your Vehicle Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car’s road trip maintenance service at Mercedes-Benz of Beaumont. We are your source for all service needs in the Beaumont, TX area. Book an appointment in-person, online, or by phone today. Our certified specialists are standing by to serve you and your vehicle!

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Customer service was excellent. However, time from dropping off to have it checked and the time it was ready was overly long. Overall, I am satisfied with the work done by them.

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I was so impressed with Terri that I will only use her for all future purchases ... she is a consummate professional. I would recommend without hesitation

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Process wasn’t as painfully long as it’s been in the past but I do believe it could have been expedited a little more. No other complaints.

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Friendly service, they gave me a loaner car while they fixed mine. I was in and out quickly when I dropped off my car and again when I picked it up. They kept me in the loop about the service of my car. It was a great experience

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The service and service agent was excellent. They kept me in the loop about the service and the length that it would take. The loaner and pickup service was great.

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1865 I-10 South
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