Spring Break Road Trip Checklist

The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. And the lure of the spring break road trip is too hard to ignore. Advantage Auto can make certain your trip is safe and enjoyable.

Before you hit the highway in search of sand, sun and fun, a quick vehicle inspection will help ensure your vacation doesn’t include a visit to a distant repair shop—one that probably doesn’t offer cold drinks with little umbrellas in them.

Below is a pre-trip checklist to perform on your car. It should only take about 10 minutes to run through it, and mechanical aptitude is definitely not a requirement. Just about anyone can do it.

Spring Break Checklist

  • Check all the major fluids, including engine oil, power-steering fluid, brake fluid and transmission fluid—and don’t forget the antifreeze/coolant.
  • Make sure the windshield washer solvent container is topped off.
  • Check the engine’s belts and hoses, which can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear—especially if you didn’t look under the hood during the cold months of the winter. They are critical to the proper function not only of the engine, but the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and cooling systems.
  • Check the tires’ air pressure and tread condition. Proper air pressure helps optimize fuel economy and reduce tire wear, while poor tread condition and other problems, such as bald spots or uneven wear, can potentially cause tire problems on a long trip.
  • Replace the windshield wiper blades if they’ve been chattering, smearing or streaking.
  • Check the function of the exterior lights, including the headlamps, turn signals, taillamps and brake lamps. Recruit someone to help by having him or her stand near the front and rear of the car as you activate the various lights.

If you don’t feel comfortable performing some or all of the checklist items, Advantage Auto of Parker can do the inspection for you—and quickly replace or repair any of the items that require attention. The time it takes to inspect and correct your vehicle is minimal, but it could save possible delays that may spoil an otherwise fun road trip.


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