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Pre-Trip Inspection

​Pre-Trip Inspection Safety Tips

A simple pre-trip inspection can help save trouble down the road. In addition to routine maintenance and repair, drivers can use this checklist to reduce the risk of a breakdown:

  • Be sure tires (including the spare) are properly inflated. Watch out for uneven tread wear and follow your owner’s manual for proper tire rotation frequency. Take your car to an ASE-certified technician to have tires rotated and balanced.
  • Test brake lights, headlights and turn signals to make sure they work properly. Change any weak bulbs.

  • Replace worn wiper blades.

  • Check fluid levels under the hood, including battery fluid, brake fluid, coolant, oil, transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid.

  • Check belts and hoses for any visible cracks or bulges. If belts and hoses are over 4 years old, take your car to a certified technician and have them replaced.
  • In case of a roadside emergency, the National Safety Council recommends you be prepared with a “survival kit” that should always remain in the car.

  • Ten essential supplies include:

    • Blanket and warm clothing

    • Compass

    • Exterior windshield cleaner and coolant (also called antifreeze)

    • First aid kit

    • Ice scraper and snow brush

    • Non-perishable food

    • Reflective triangles and brightly-colored cloth

    • Tool kit

    • Water

    • Working flashlight and extra batteries
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