“Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong…” John Denver 

Even though summer has officially ended there is never a bad time to pile in your car with those closest to you and hit the road! The road trip has stood the test of time throughout generations and for good reason. Besides all the snacks, playlists, and sights you’ll discover along the way, a road trip, even if you’re only traveling as far as a tank of gas will get you, can create memories that will last a lifetime.  With the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the world is facing, road trips and more driving may be the norm for a while.   Before you head to the gas station to buy all your snacks, don’t forget to think about your vehicle. Is it road ready? 

When it comes to servicing your vehicle before a trip, here are just a few of the many essential things to consider before heading out:


  • Battery condition 
  • Tire tread and pressures
  • Fluid levels 
  • Windshield wiper condition
  • Brake function
  • Spare tire condition
  • Headlights, brake lights, turn signal function
  • Spare tire
  • Belts

While it’s not fun to think about all the things that could go wrong, it’s critical to be prepared, and servicing your vehicle should be the first step before you head out on a road trip. Regular vehicle maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle and prevent costly repairs down the road. 

If you’re dreaming about your next road trip, don’t delay, get your vehicle inspected today! Make your appointment with our well-trained and experienced team at Automotive Specialties. We’ve been here since 1983! Automotive Specialties prides itself on providing exemplary customer services. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with all your auto body, paint, and mechanic needs and will do whatever it takes to earn your business and remain life-long clients. Explore our website or call us at (630) 553-0397 today. We look forward to serving you! Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current tips, and specials.