Road Trip Checklist

Prevent roadside disasters

Road trips are more fun when the car doesn't break down. This quick maintenance checklist will alert you to potential problems before they turn into expensive tows.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Quick maintenance checklist

It's time for the beloved family road trip and everybody's itching to get going. Better do a quick check of your car's health first. Some discoveries can prevent “towable” experiences; others are safety issues. It would be best to run through this five-minute checklist a week ahead of departure so you'll have time to get the car repaired if a mechanic is needed.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Rags

You'll also need a trouble light, tire gauge and disposable rubber gloves.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Oil
  • Power steering fluid
  • Coolant
  • Windshield washer fluid