Tips & Tricks: 10 Things to Check On Your Vehicle Ahead of a Summer Road Trip

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 3:16 pm
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Summer is just around the corner and that means that it’s time to get out and go on an adventure! There’s nothing better than hitting the open road with family or friends, but before you get in your vehicle and hit the open road, make sure you’ve checked to make sure your vehicle can handle the stress of all the extra driving. Keep reading to see our 10-item checklist for vehicle maintenance ahead of your summer road trip plans!


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Vehicle Maintenance Checklist for Summer Drivingmechanic holding wrench

  1. Check to make sure your vehicle is up to date with oil and filter changes. Making sure all of your fluids are topped off will help to ensure your vehicle doesn’t overheat.
  2. How are your tires? Check the pressure of your tires before traveling. Excessive heat can affect your tire’s pressure. Make sure they have been rotated recently, as well.
  3. Does your battery hold a charge? Test your battery’s level and replace it ahead of any long trip. No one wants to get stranded.
  4. Test your air conditioner. There’s nothing worse than learning your A/C is broken after taking off.
  5. Have your brakes checked if you are planning to travel in any mountains or steep terrain and have the brake fluid replaced!
  6. Make sure your lights are clean and functioning properly if you plan on traveling at night.
  7. Ensure that you have an emergency road kit in case of something unexpected.
  8. Double check your cooling system. Making sure your coolant levels are topped and the hoses are free from any leaks or cracks will help to ensure your vehicle remains at an optimal temperature.
  9. Avoid hassle or getting lost by keeping a spare cell phone charger in your glove compartment. If you’re using your phone as a GPS, this could be the difference between getting lost or arriving safely.
  10. Schedule an appointment to have your vehicle examined by our knowledgeable team!

To make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape ahead of the summer road trip season, bring it down to Mazda of Lodi in Bergen County, NJ. Our skilled team of trained technicians is happy to take care of routine maintenance as well as more-involved repairs. Check out our service menu for more information about the services we offer.

5 Responses to “Tips & Tricks: 10 Things to Check On Your Vehicle Ahead of a Summer Road Trip”

  1. Noah cooper says:

    Summer is the best season to organize a road trip. However, a quick inspection of different components of the vehicle prior to leaving for a long road trip is really necessary to identify and repair abnormal components and make the road trip joyful. Apart from this, different types of fluids used in the vehicle for various purpose needs to be inspected at a regular interval. Coolant plays crucial role by keeping the temperature of the engine at an optimum level. Coolant flush is really necessary to enhance the effectiveness of the cooling system.

  2. Jess says:

    I really appreciate this article, this will help me a lot

  3. Penny Albritton says:

    Summer is the best time for travel. People generally organize road trips during summer. Here the author has provided a vehicle maintenance checklist for summer driving. Different fluid levels need to be inspected including the coolant. If level of coolant is found to be low, then it must be topped off as it plays an important role in maintaining the optimal temperature in the vehicle. Apart from this, different components of vehicle must be inspected by a certified mechanic prior to leaving for a road trip and replacement of damaged components is necessary to make the journey comfortable.

  4. Amy Zahirski says:

    Summer time is the travel time. People prefer to go on road trips during this time. But before leaving for a road trip, we should perform some routine maintenance tasks properly to ensure not to be stranded on the middle of the road. Those tasks include-changing oil and filters, checking the tire pressure, inspecting the air conditioner, battery ,brakes, topping off the coolant level. Besides this, a quick inspection of different components of the vehicle is necessary to identify and repair defective ones prior to leaving for a road trip.

  5. Elle Farrell says:

    Thanks for pointing out the importance of inspection of different components of a car prior to leaving for a destination. A car needs routine maintenance to run smoothly without any major mechanical abnormalities. The condition of different components of the vehicle should be subjected to inspection. Coolant plays an important role by absorbing the excess amount of heat generated due to internal combustion. Leakage of coolant could lead to the engine overheating. So, suitable initiatives should be implemented to prevent the leakage of the coolant. For more assistance, visit https://www.bavarian-auto.com/2019/06/22/how-to-fix-coolant-leaks-in-your-jaguar-in-chattanooga/

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