One of the best parts of summer are the road trips that you enjoy. Be it with friends or family, there are few things better than a wide open road in front of you, a backpack full of snacks at your feet, and the windows down with your favorite songs blasting. Wherever it is that you’re planning a road trip to this summer, one thing is for sure: you need to make sure that your car is ready for the trip.

While creating the perfect playlist and gathering all the snacks are definitely crucial to the success of every road trip, there’s no getting to your final destination if your car isn’t ready for the drive. That being said, today’s blog is dedicated to providing anyone that’s heading on a road trip with the list of maintenance that they should complete before heading out on the open road. Let’s get started.

Oil Change

The most common maintenance that a vehicle needs is an oil change, and it’s no different in regard to road trips. Aside from the fact that you are going to be using your car as your mode of transportation to your final destination, road trips often require cars to travel hundreds of miles. To make sure that you aren’t stuck at some mechanic shop while on vacation, schedule an oil change before your trip so that you know you are golden when it comes time to head out of town.

Check Your Lights

Another essential safety feature of cars are the headlights and taillights. When you’re going to be driving for long stretches of road, you want to make sure that these lights are all working as they should. In the case that you’re going to be driving early in the morning or late at night, this safety feature becomes all the more important. Aside from that, having headlights or taillights is something that could warrant being pulled over and receiving a ticket. Not exactly the ideal outcome of any trip that you’ve been looking forward to.

Inspect the Tires

If you’re going to be covering some serious distance during your road trip, you definitely want to make sure that your tires are in good condition. A flat tire is the last thing anyone wants to deal with in the dead of summer, especially when the plan was to be enjoying time with your loved ones! We aren’t saying go and get new tires simply because you’re heading on a road trip, but you should take a second to inspect the tires and make sure that they aren’t bald. You should also check the air pressure in them to make sure that there aren’t any signs of a leak that you should be cautious of.

New Windshield

This may not seem like a necessary form of maintenance that needs to be completed, but need we remind you that you’re going to be driving to your final destination? In order to ensure maximum safety while driving to your final destination, your windshield needs to be in good condition. Whether there is a chip that needs to be filled to avoid further cracking or there’s a huge crack blocking the driver’s view, this is something that needs to be taken care of before you leave for your road trip.

Contact West Texas Windshields

The team of professionals at West Texas Windshields can help ensure that your windshield and windows are in tip-top condition before you leave for your trip. Browse our list of locations that we serve and schedule an appointment for window repairs, crack fills, or windshield replacements at the location closest to you. Feel free to contact us for a quote on the services that you need or for any additional questions or assistance.