4 Things to Check Before Going on a Road Trip

We're sure most of you have one or more road trips planned for the upcoming spring and summer. With road travel, there are a few things you should do in advance to prep for a safe trip. The last thing you want to be dealing with in warm weather is a breakdown. Here are some areas to assess before hitting the road:

  • Fluids and Filters - Since your vehicle runs on many fluids (coolant, motor oil, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, etc.), it is imperative that you check their levels and conditions before driving. They may need something as simple as a top-off or complicated as a flush. If you need help with your fluid maintenance, please come by Westside Car Care.
  • Tires - Your tires are the only part of your car that makes contact with the road. You're definitely going to want them to be correctly inflated to take on unfamiliar roads. Not only will that guarantee your safety, but it will support even wear and boost gas mileage.
  • Brakes - Healthy brakes are crucial for your safety, so please have all your braking system components inspected beforehand. You can do a test run to check your brake time and listen for any off-putting sounds. 
  • Hoses and Belts - A simple check-up on your hoses and belts can save you from grave danger in the long run since they run throughout your entire vehicle. Our technicians can take care of this meticulous task for you and let you know whether you need a belt replacement soon. Otherwise, failure of these parts can lead to irreversible damage.


If you are looking for a pre-trip inspection in the Yakima, WA area, look no further than the automotive professionals at Westside Car Care. Please give us a call or visit our auto repair shop today.