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Heading out for a road trip? Never leave for a journey without having your car looked over.
Check regular maintenance. Make sure your car is not in need of any belts replaced, a tire rotation, or any other regular maintenance. If you are heading on a trip, you do not want one of these issues to flair up on the road. Your car should be in top condition for a trip, especially if it is over a long distance. You do not want anything to be wearing out or wearing down, or it could leave you stranded in a location that you are not familiar with, or far away from any auto repair shop.
Check the engine for problems. Besides going down the list of regular maintenance, you should also have the car looked over for any unusual problems. One driver ended up destroying his engine due to two problems he didn’t know existed. The car’s thermostat and water pump had both stopped working without his knowledge, so he unknowingly drove his car while it was overheating until the engine was destroyed. This problem may have been avoided if a mechanic had looked over the engine and found the issues.
Check the oil. The oil is one of the most common things that can cause a car trouble, either because it needs to be changed or because it is running low. This is probably because most cars start to burn or leak oil as they get older. Be sure to check the oil level and quality in your care before heading on a trip.
If you are concerned about the health of your car, or would simply like the peace of mind, you could also research auto shops along your route so that if you felt the need to have something checked or repaired, you would already know where to take your car. However, your best bet is always to take care of any repairs before you begin your trip, in hopes that your car will not need any repairs while you are traveling.