Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip

Preparing Your Car for a Road TripSummer is the perfect season for those transcontinental road trips to see all your favorite spots around North America. OK, maybe even just a trip to Penticton will do you good, but the point is, the driving season is here. If you're planning on covering some extra miles this summer be sure to have your car service before you take off to ensure you have no issues on your journey. Here's a few key things to think about when it comes to safety and reliability.


Before you hit the road be sure that your vehicle's tires are in good shape. Check that they are properly inflated and look for worn tread, cracked rubber or bubbling sidewalls.

Oil Change

If your vehicle is anywhere near due for an oil change you should have it done before you leave. Fresh oil improves fuel efficiency and restores power.


Make sure your vehicle's lights are all in proper working order for maximum safety. This includes the headlights, tail lights, brake lights, reverse lights, parking lights and dashboard lights!


You never know when you'll get caught in the rain so be sure your windshield wipers are ready to go.

Brake Check

Do you hear grinding when you brake? Is your brake pedal soft? These are signs it is time for brake repair. Head to your local shop for further diagnostics and repairs as you should never venture out with unhealthy brakes.

Tune Up

Tune up services can restore fuel efficiency, saving you time and money. This includes replacing the spark plugs and/or installing new air and fuel filters.

Safety Kit

It's always a good idea to keep a safety kit in your car in case of an accident or getting stranded. It should include first aid items, water, flares, road triangles and jumper cables.

Factory Maintenance Needs

For maximum reliability be sure your vehicle is up to date with all its factory auto maintenance needs!

For expert pre-trip auto maintenance in Vancouver bring your car to Soares Auto Repair. Our team of skilled at all types of service to ensure your car remains safe and reliable. Give us a call at (604) 229-2537 to request more information or to schedule an appointment for expert auto maintenance in Vancouver today.

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Written and Published By MORBiZ