Parts of Your Car to Have Checked Before a Road Trip

Planning a summer road trip is a staple of an American summer! But is your car ready to make the journey? We’ve included a checklist of the most important parts of your car that need to be in order for the best possible road trip.

Before you head out on the road, be sure to bring your car in for a tune-up and check-up to prevent breakdowns, so you can get ready to make your journey!

  • Windshield Stone Chips. Windshields tend to be chipped during the winter months due to harsh weather and in the summer due to road construction projects. Unfortunately, most drivers do not notice this damage until it’s too late and the damage spreads. Thoroughly check your windshield for signs of damage; if you notice small rock chips, our windshield repair service in Rochester can help you make sure that a small crack doesn’t turn into a big one.


  • Windshield Cracks. If a rock chip spreads or if your windshield has been damaged severely due to road debris, vandalism or other causes the entire windshield will need to be replaced. Our expert technicians are thoroughly trained to replace your windshield correctly following industry standards. This is important because your windshield is a critical component of your vehicles occupant protection system. In fact, your windshield deflects the passenger side air bag in a collision and supports the vehicles roof in a rollover accident.


  • Wiper Blades. Replace worn wiper blades that create streaks on your windshield and refill windshield wiper fluid. Make sure to use quality replacement blades in the correct size.


  • Air conditioning. If you’re going to be on road this summer, temperatures can quickly get overwhelming. If driven or parked in direct sunlight, the inside of your car can quickly reach 140 degrees. These elevated temperatures can put you and any passengers at risk for dehydration or a heat stroke. If you’re traveling with small children, this risk essentially doubles. On a road trip, you’ll be spending a lot of time in your car so test out your air conditioning before you drive, and see a mechanic if your car can’t seem to cool down.


  • Tires. Check the treads on your tires to make sure they are not worn. Insert a penny in the treads. If you see the entire top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tire. Check your spare too and make sure your cars jack and lug wrench are ready to go if you need them. It is always a good idea to have a can of fix a flat tire inflator as a backup.


  • Other important things to check. If your battery is getting old, it may not start your car when you really need it on hot days. You can check it at a local service station (some do this for free) and replace it before it’s a problem. Check your anti-freeze to make sure it is not too old and belts and hoses for fraying and cracking; replace as necessary. Keep up with regular maintenance such as oil changes and check your turn signals, head lights and tail lights.

If you need to get your auto glass repaired or replaced before your next road trip, turn to our professionals at Auto Glass Fitters for reliable auto glass replacement service in Milwaukee and throughout the country!