Don’t let emergency breakdowns spoil your vacation! Get your vehicle road trip ready with this handy pre-trip checklist.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ACDelco, but all text and opinions are mine.
With your logistics in perfect order, take care not to overlook the mechanics of the vehicle set to carry you to those amazing destinations. Preventive maintenance will not only help ensure that you have a safe, enjoyable journey, but it will increase the longevity of your vehicle, as well.
That is why ACDelco enlisted Backroad Planet to help you get your vehicle road trip ready.
Whether you are a backyard mechanic like Jerry who can do the work yourself, or a novice like me who prefers to let the professionals do the work, ACDelco Auto Parts Stores and Service Centers can help you out.
Either way, this handy checklist will help you cover all the bases.
- 1 Road Trip Ready Checklist
- 1.1 Quality Parts
- 1.2 Find Auto Parts
- 1.3 Find a Service Center
- 1.4 We Would Love to Hear from You!
- 1.5 Pin This Post!
- 1.6 Helpful Links
Road Trip Ready Checklist
Vehicle Preventive Maintenance
Perform the following inspections according to your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual maintenance schedules. or take your vehicle to an ACDelco Auto Service Center for professional care.
☐ Check fluid levels: oil, transmission, brakes, power steering, windshield washer, and coolant.
☐ Check belts and hoses.
☐ Check brakes and lights.
☐ Check wiper blades.
☐ Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare.
Before You Leave . . .
☐ Plan your route and leave a copy of your itinerary with a relative or neighbor.
☐ Make sure your trunk has a jack, lug wrench, and other tools you’ll need to change a tire.
☐ Carry a flashlight with extra batteries, emergency reflectors, and sunglasses.
☐ Assemble and pack a vehicle first aid kit (suggested items).
☐ Take your driver’s license and vehicle registration, plus auto and medical insurance cards.
☐ Carry a spare set of vehicle keys.
☐ Always keep at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle.
(Download a printable PDF of the Road Trip Ready Checklist!)
ACDelco is the premier supplier of Original Equipment on all General Motors vehicles, meaning that every GM vehicle that rolls off the line is outfitted with ACDelco parts. Replacing worn equipment on any GM vehicle with ACDelco parts is the best way to restore it to like-new condition. Even if you do not drive a GM make, ACDelco provides high-quality parts for all major vehicle systems, including:
- batteries (“free-replacement” limited warranty)
- spark plugs
- oil filters
- air filters
- wiper blades
- and 90,000 more parts across 37 product lines.
Find Auto Parts
If you are able to do your own repairs and maintenance, there are two ways to acquire ACDelco parts:
Enter your zip code or city and state into the Auto Parts Store Locator to find the outlet nearest you that carries quality ACDelco parts.
Selecting the part you need from the drop-down menu of the Order Auto Parts Online page will direct you to authorized ACDelco Auto Parts Affiliates who will ship parts to your address.
Find a Service Center
Enter your zip code or city and state into the Auto Repair Locator to find an Independent Service Center that features ACDelco parts.
Professional service centers can help you be sure your vehicle is ready for your next road trip by checking wipers, brakes, and your battery’s remaining charge. Should your vehicle require service, an ACDelco professional service center technician can recommend the correct replacement parts.
Visit ACDelco.com for more information on parts, service, and care care tips.
We Would Love to Hear from You!
Jerry and I enjoy dialogue with our readers, especially when they share road trip tips. If you can recommend road trip routes, destinations, or resources, we would love to hear from you. We invite you to leave your comments and questions below, and we always respond!
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