Regularly service your vehicle.
- Schedule tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotation according to manufacturer recommendations.
- Check fluid levels, replenishing when low.
- Inspect and replace cracked belts an hoses.
- Be sure headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and emergency flashers work properly.
- Change worn windshield wipers.
- Confirm proper tire pressure in all four tires plus the spare.
- Periodically assess tire tread and upgrade as needed.
Put a well-stocked emergency kit in the glove box or trunk. Among the items to include:
- Basic first-aid supplies
- Flashlight and batteries
- Jumper Cables
- Tire pressure gauge
- Basic repair tools
- Bottled water
- Nonperishable food
- Cell phone charger
Best practices before each road trip:
- Set the mapping device
- Adjust seats, mirrors, temperature control, and music selection
- Secure loose gear that may roll or tip over during the trip
- Crate pets for travel
- Note adequate fuel is in the tank
- Confirm all occupants are wearing seatbelts