Your Summer Road Trip Safety Checklist
Before heading out on your next summer adventure, there are a few steps that will make the trip a breeze.
Our automotive checklist will ensure that with a few simple proactive checks, you can avoid breaking down on the side of the road in an unfamiliar area.
Car Safety Checklist
- Get your car serviced: give your Ford a thorough check up to prevent any unforeseen issues, and if you have any concerns or you’re due for a check, it’s always best to take it in and make sure everything is running properly.
- Change the oil: it’s important to make sure your car’s engine is in tip top shape and getting an oil change is one of the best ways to do this.
- Air-conditioning: if the airflow seems wimpy, it could be time to take it to a mechanic to have the passenger compartment and air filters checked.
- Tires: check your tire pressure and make sure it aligns with the pressure listed on the driver’s door jamb. Also make sure the tread is above 3/32 to 4/32 or else it might be time to get new tires.
- Fluids: top off all washer, transmission, oil, and brake fluids.
- Battery: car batteries typically last 3-5 years, but a lot of factors determine the strength of your car battery like extreme weather conditions, routine maintenance, etc. so it’s always a good idea to preemptively replace your battery if you are getting close to the 3- 4-year mark.
- Wipers: windshield replacements can be a costly repair, so it’s essential to replace your wipers before they get to the point of the rubber scraping the glass and damaging the windshield.
- Fuel Filter: regularly change your fuel filter to avoid a dirty fuel filters clogging and ruining your fuel pump.
Personal Survival Checklist
As important as proactive and routine maintenance is, bringing the right things along is just as important! Here are some of our recommended must have items:
- Paper Map: while this may come as a surprise to some, cellular towers can be far and few between in some parts of the nation, so it’s always a good idea to have a paper map and compass just in case.
- Emergency supplies: these are essential when making a long journey. Jumper cables, blankets, a spare tire and tire changing tools, gloves, flares, first-aid kit, a lantern or flashlight, power banks, and hand warmers are essential emergency supplies for a long road trip.
- Stocked cooler: not only a great way to save money, but it also allows you to plan for unforeseen events in the chance that you do break down or there isn’t a nearby town to stop for food for long periods of time.
- Portable DVD Player, tablets, and game systems: all these tech items are useless without Wi-Fi or cell signal. Luckily most new Ford models are equipped with Wi-Fi hotspot 2.5 to keep everyone entertained and engaged the whole adventure.
- Sunscreen & Sunglasses: Dermatologists recommend SPF over 30, especially when it comes to a road trip in which your face and hands will likely be exposed to the sun beating down on them all day.
- A good book or two: these will keep you entertained no matter how long your journey.
Have any tips for other Ford fans who are about to go on an adventure? Leave us a comment below to let us know! And if you’re planning your own summer road trip, schedule your auto service today to make sure your car is in the best shape possible before hitting the road.