Car Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

Preparing for a road trip with your whole family? Here’s a quick car maintenance checklist to help you figure out what you need to do ahead of time.


This is crucial to the life of your engine and to keep the mechanical parts lubricated. Have your oil and oil filter changed before a long trip.

Other fluids

Brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and wiper fluid should be checked, replaced, or topped off ahead of time.

Hoses and belts

Make sure there are no cracks, holes, or tears in the hoses and belts of your engine; a broken belt could ruin a road trip halfway through the journey.

Tire pressure and tread

An improperly inflated tire can reduce your fuel economy and be more prone to popping on the road. Make sure your tires have plenty of traction as well.


It’s not safe to drive to the beach and back without properly functioning brakes.


You don’t want to end up on the side of the road because your car battery died, so have its battery life checked ahead of time.

If you need any help servicing your vehicle ahead of a road trip, then bring your car to Plaza Lincoln. We can go over the car maintenance checklist with you and help inspect whatever it is that you need inspected.

Travel Tips for Winter

Hitting the road for a winter vacation somewhere warm can be a satisfying adventure, but the roads could have other plans. Winter roads are often the cause of skidding, accidents, and breakdowns. Fortunately, you can avoid many of the road hazards that winter weather brings. Here are a few helpful travel tips for winter provided by us here at Plaza Lincoln.

  • Slow Down – Driving over the speed limit on roads known for being slick is incredibly dangerous and could lead to loss of control or an accident. Make sure to leave plenty of space, and avoid using cruise control. Hitting the brakes can cause a loss of control, so while cruise control is great for dry roads, do your best to come to a slow stop during winter weather.
  • Emergency Kit – You never know when disaster will strike, which is why an emergency kit is always handy. Keeping a box of medical supplies, like bandages, food, water, and extra clothes can go a long way when waiting for help to arrive. While roadside assistance is just a phone call away, it could take hours for help to arrive depending on the weather.
  • Four-Wheel Drive – Modern four-wheel drive systems are designed to get the vehicle moving. While you may be able to gain traction and speed quickly, keep in mind that you have to come to a stop eventually.