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Get Ready for Your Travels with Our Road Trip Checklist

As the sunshine finally peeks out from behind the clouds, you’re undoubtedly dreaming up your ideal road trip. Figuring out just where to go is the easy part, but it is much more difficult to get everything ready to go. Fortunately, our Waupaca WI auto repair team is here to help with this informative road trip checklist. Here’s what you need to know.

Create an Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle

Since it’s impossible to know just what will come your way while traveling, you need to create a roadside emergency supply kit for your car. Start with non-perishable food, water, and a first aid kit plus any prescription and over-the-counter medications you take regularly.

Get Ready for Your Travels with Our Road Trip Checklist with Little Wolf Automotive in Waupaca Wi, image of smiling mother driving car with son and daughter in backseat with headphones on and playing on a tablet during road trip

Then, you’ll want to add:

  • Jumper cables
  • Portable jump box
  • Road flares
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Basic toolkit
  • Space blankets

Once you have all your supplies, put them in a plastic bin and store it in your trunk.

Map Out Your Route from Start to Finish

Although it’s important to leave room in your plans for fun detours, map out your ideal route ahead of time to stay on track through your road trip. If you’re not sure which roads to take, build your route on an app, like Google Maps or Roadtrippers. You can then add in all the restaurants, landmarks, and activities you want to enjoy along the way.

Do an Oil Change and Top Off Fluids

If your car is within range of its regular oil change interval, get it done before you leave on your trip. While you’re at the auto repair shop, your Waupaca WI mechanic will check your fluids and top them off as needed. With that out of the way, you can rest assured that your car’s fluids will keep all the moving parts cool, clean, and well-lubricated.

Confirm All Your Signals and Lights Work

To stay safe on your travels and avoid getting a ticket, you need to check the function of all your signals and lights. Speed up the process by bringing in a helper to hold down the brake pedal and activate all the lights. Or just ask your trusted auto repair shop to handle it when you come in for vehicle maintenance before you go.

Check the Condition and Alignment of Your Tires

Plan to check the condition and alignment of your tires before you go to ensure your car drives straight and properly grips the road. Your technician will check the tread wear and look for damage to confirm your tires are in good shape. Then, they can check and adjust your wheel alignment to prevent damage to your tires and improve the drivability of your vehicle.

Get a Pre-Trip Inspection Done at Our Waupaca WI Auto Repair Shop

At least a week before you plan to hit the road, make sure to pre-trip inspection done by our team at Little Wolf Auto. During that service, our Waupaca WI auto techs will look for worn and damaged parts that could seriously derail your travels. We can then take care of the repairs, so you can head out on your road trip without worry about your car breaking down.

So, if you’re ready to get true peace of mind before your road trip, call 715-258-0200 to schedule a visit to our auto repair shop. You’re also welcome to fill out our appointment request form, and we’ll get right back to you.