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.