How to Prepare Your Car for a Spring Break Road Trip

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Posted on April 4, 2023 by Rick Griffith

Have you ever wondered if you should prepare your car before a Spring break road trip? The short answer is yes. But what steps should you take to prepare your vehicle before hitting the road?

In today’s blog, that’s what we’ll answer for you. So you can ensure you have a successful and memorable Spring break vacation, whether it’s with friends or family.

Steps to Take Before You Hit the Road

Before you hit the road for your next adventure, taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey is essential. Whether you’re planning a road trip, an extended vacation, or just a long weekend getaway, there are several steps you should take before you leave home.

From ensuring your car is in good working order to packing the necessities, these tips will help ensure your journey is stress-free and fun.

  • Schedule a mechanical tune-up for the vehicle
  • Essential supplies for inside the car

Schedule a Mechanical Tune-up for the Vehicle

Keeping your car in good operating condition is essential to ensure a safe and reliable Spring break vacation. So be sure to schedule a mechanical tune-up for your vehicle 2 to 3 weeks before your trip.

That way, you can avoid costly repairs down the road. Mechanical tune-ups involve inspecting, cleaning, adjusting, and replacing worn or broken parts and fluids, like:

  • Break pads
  • Tire pressure
  • Leaky seals
  • Fluids: oil, transmission, windshield, power steering, and break
  • Frayed or loose belts
  • Filters: air and oil
  • Battery life
  • Windshield washer blades
  • Sparkplugs

By having these components checked, you’re guaranteed to catch problems ahead of your scheduled trip and ensure safe travels to and from your destination.

Essential Supplies for Inside the Car

Spring break is the perfect time to hit the road and explore new places. Whether you’re planning a road trip cross country or a staycation in your home state, ensure you have all the essential supplies for your journey for an enjoyable time away.

Think lightweight and portable when packing your must-have items for a Spring break road trip. For example, for snacks and drinks:

  • Dried fruit
  • Granola bars
  • Beef jerky
  • Trail mix
  • Fruit or yogurt cups
  • Precooked bacon or summer sausage
  • Cheese and crackers

Entertainment Items for the car could include:

  • Music playlist
  • Audio books or podcasts
  • DVDs and portable games for passengers only!
  • Play highway road trip games that even the driver can play.

Buy a Safe, Reliable Car

If you are looking to buy used, Rick Griffith, the owner of Car Credit, says, “make sure the vehicle is safe to drive, whether you’re buying it from a dealer or an individual.” Rick and his team commit to “extensive reconditioning on every used car they sell to meet all safety and reliability requirements.”

It is central to their business focus to ensure each vehicle at the dealership “drives off safely and reliably, regardless of the price on our vehicles,” says Griffith. At Car Credit, you are always welcome to receive a detailed copy of the reconditioning expenses. Any reputable dealer should be willing to show you this information. All you need to do is request to see it.

Be sure to ask your mechanic to assess a used car before buying. It’s the difference between safety and reliability. To speed up your car buying experience, begin by reviewing Car Credit’s current online inventory and complete their online credit application today!

The team at Car Credit wants to make buying a car efficient and fast for you. After completing your online credit application, a member of the Car Credit team will contact you to answer questions and schedule a time for you to test drive a car and finalize the process.

If you have any questions in advance, you are always welcome to call!

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