While it’s a good idea to have your car professionally inspected prior to taking any long road trip, changing your oil is an absolute necessity. Old oil won’t perform as well and could cause potential problems on the road. That could lead to an unnecessary breakdown in an area you aren’t familiar with. While roadside assistance is prevalent in today’s world, wasting time for your vehicle to be serviced could put a damper on your vacation.
Inspect your tires to ensure they have the proper air pressure and enough tread to last for the entire trip. Tires with low or high pressure and minimal tread may not offer enough traction in certain conditions like rain. That could result in a damaged vehicle or worse. Make sure to keep an eye out for any bulges, cuts, and other abnormalities!
Like most things, new wipers are better than old ones. Fortunately, unlike many things, a new set of wipers is fairly inexpensive and only takes a few minutes to install. A necessary safety feature on any vehicle, windshield wipers are pertinent if you plan on traveling in wet climates.