Get your car road trip ready with our simple inspection list. It will help you avoid breakdowns, keep you safe during your travels, and save you money by avoiding unnecessary, expensive repairs.
Our road trip ready inspection list
Here are the most critical items you need to inspect before heading out on your road trip to ensure a smooth, stress-free trip.
Tap your breaks. Do you hear any strange noises? Does tapping the pedal feel different? Does it take a while to come to a complete stop? If you have experienced any of these issues, you need to have your brakes looked at as soon as possible to avoid accidents. Our service specialists can assist you with topping up your brake fluid or replacing brake pads when worn out.
Inspect your car’s tires (including the spare tire) to ensure that they are inflated to the right pressure level and that there is no sign of damage to any parts. If you’re packing a heavy load or expecting a change of weather, keep that in mind when choosing tire pressure. While you’re checking the spare tire, be sure to check if you have all the tools you need to change a tire (including an emergency triangle, tire spanner, a car jack and a flashlight).
Having a battery die on you during a road trip can be annoying and unsafe. Be sure to check your battery to ensure that it is working and that the connectors are free of corrosion and damage. If you’ve got battery troubles, we can give you advice on the best replacement.
4. Wipers, lights and electronics
Test your wipers, lights and other electronics in your car. Check that all the windows are moving freely and test your horn to see if it’s audible and functioning. If your wipers or headlight bulbs need replacement, you can book a car service with CRS Automotive to have those taken care of before your road trip.
5. Hoses, belts, fluids and filters
Go over the systems in your car that use hoses, belts, and filters to look out for damage like cracks or leaks. Check all the fluid levels, including engine coolant, brake fluid and wiper fluid. If you’re unsure of any of these parts or have noticed damage, you should discuss it with one of our service specialists when you bring your car to CRS Automotive.
All that’s left is to pack your bags, grab some snacks and head off on your adventure. If you need help in getting your car road trip ready, book a service with CRS Automotive’s service centres in Hamilton and Oakville, Canada.