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Checklist to Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer Road Trips

What Should You Check Before Taking Your Vehicle on a Summer Road Trip? 

So, you are planning a summer road trip? Make sure that your car is in tip-top shape before you leave. No one wants to end up stuck on the side of the road when taking an extended road trip. Make sure you check the TOWBIF categories before departing. TOWBIF stands for Tires, Oil, Windows, Battery/Brakes/Belts, Interior, and Fluids. Preparing for these six categories will help make your road trip hassle-free. Contact the Robbins Nissan team today to schedule a service appointment before you hit the road.


Before you leave, you should be checking your tire pressure and filling your tires to their recommended levels if necessary. Also, replace any tires that are worn or bald. You can use the “penny trick” to determine if your tires are too worn out.


We recommend that you have your oil changed before taking a long trip in the summer. If you had the oil changed recently, make sure that you still check the oil level before leaving. Additionally, it would be beneficial to pack an extra quart of oil in case you may need it. 


Additionally, make sure that your windows and mirrors are clean before traveling. You should also check for any cracks or damage that may be an issue moving forward. Every time you stop for gas, you should be cleaning off your windows with the complimentary window cleaning tools available at most gas stations. 

Cleaning Off Car Window with Squeegee

Cleaning Car Interior with Vacuum


Your battery is one of the most important components of your vehicle. Making sure that your battery is fully charged and cleaned before leaving is key. Consequently, we also recommend bringing jumper cables or a portable battery jumper on your trip. Additionally, make sure that your belts and brakes are in proper working order before departing. 


If you are traveling with multiple people, having a clean interior is vital. Over the course of your trip, it will likely become more cluttered. Make sure to remove excess trash at every stop to keep everyone comfortable. 


Prior to departing, you should double check all the vital fluid levels. As highlighted earlier, it is strongly recommended to pack additional coolant and other fluids in case you need to refill them during your travels. 

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