Prepping Your Car For a Holiday Road Trip


If you’re planning a holiday road trip during the next two months, you’re probably looking forward to seeing some beautiful winter scenery and then getting to spend quality time with people you care about. While there are a lot of good things that go along with this type of road trip, it’s still very important to put safety first. Not only is safety an important element of any road trip, but it plays an especially crucial role during the winter. Since the weather is more volatile throughout this period of the year and can make road conditions much more challenging, we want to cover the best ways to prepare for anything you may encounter while you’re out on the road:


Check Your Lights

Your vehicle’s lights help you know where you’re going and stay safe while driving. That’s why a good starting point for getting prepped is to turn on your vehicle and leave it in park while you walk around to see if all your lights are working correctly.


Change Your Wiper Blades

Unless you’ve changed your wiper blades within the last six months, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. This task only takes a few minutes, and it will ensure you can keep rain off your windshield.


Top Up Washer Fluid

While new wiper blades will take care of normal rain, if the temperature starts dropping, you’re also going to need washer fluid to help keep your windshield clear. In addition to topping up, it’s a good idea to keep an extra bottle of both washer fluid and an antifreeze agent in your trunk.


3 More Things to Check

As you’re going through this list and getting your vehicle ready, you’ll also want to check your radiator and heater hoses. Specifically, make sure there aren’t any visible leaks or cracks. Check your battery as well, along with your tire pressure. Although winter tires aren’t a must-have, they can work quite well on certain types of vehicles.


Bring Along the Right Gear 

Before heading out on the road, you’ll want to pack the right items in your car. It’s helpful to have an ice scraper and flashlight near the front of your car. Flares, jumper cables and a first-aid kit will help you deal with a less than ideal situation. And since there is always the possibility of getting temporarily stranded, having some warm clothing like hats and gloves, along with water and snacks will give you peace of mind throughout your holiday road trip.


By checking your lights, changing your wiper blades, topping up washer fluid and bringing along the right gear, you can stay safe on the road and enjoy your holiday road trip to the fullest. And remember if anything ever does happen to your vehicle, USA Collision Centers is always here to help.