Avoid Emergency Auto Situations: Road Trip Tips

Before you hit the road, visit your local auto repair shop for routine maintenance and auto service. Your local mechanic at Christian Brothers Automotive can make sure your car is in top condition for your upcoming journey.

  1. Schedule an oil change and check your fluid levels
    Make sure you get your oil changed before you hit the road. Ask your local mechanic to check the other fluid levels in your vehicle and show you how to add coolant to your car.
  2. Rotate your tires
    Ask your mechanic to rotate your tires, which can help extend the life of your tires. Your car should also be equipped with a spare tire. If you’re not sure how to change a tire in case of an emergency, ask your mechanic how it’s done.
  3. Clean your windshield
    Clean your windshield thoroughly before you drive off and replace your wipers if they’re more than six months old. Ask your mechanic to check your wiper fluid levels, too. Safe driving starts with good visibility.
  4. Keep a roadside survival kit in your car
    Never leave home without some basic tools and backup, including jumper cables, first-aid kit, tire gauge, screwdriver, and flashlight. Keep a copy of your car insurance and registration in your glove box, as well as the phone number for your roadside assistance.
  5. A full tank of gas
    Don’t wait until your gas gauge hovers above empty to look for a gas station. Once your tank hits half full, start looking for the nearest station to make sure you’re not caught off guard.