RV Information from Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

Auto Checklist

You want to leave your worries behind when you go out the front door on your vacation. Knowing your car is in top condition for the journey gives you one less thing to worry about. Use this handy checklist to ensure your car is ready for the trip.

  • Have your car tuned if it's time for a tune-up.
  • Have all belts replaced if they look worn or are four or more years old.
  • For hot-weather traveling, have the air conditioning system checked.
  • Check the oil level; top off or change if needed.
  • Check brake fluid level.
  • Check the transmission fluid level.
  • Top off windshield washer reservoir, if necessary.
  • Top off your engine coolant.
  • Check your tires to make sure they're in good condition for long distance driving. Inflate to proper pressure. See your owner's manual for the proper amount.
  • Check the spare tire to make sure it's ready for use in case you need it.
  • Check your battery fluid level (if the battery isn't maintenance-free).
  • Clean the battery terminals if they are corroded.
  • Check air and fuel filters to make sure they're clean. Replace them if they are dirty.
  • Have your brakes checked; repair if needed.
  • Make sure your headlights, front and rear side-marker lights, parking lights, turn signals, backup lights, brake lights and emergency lights work. Replace any that don't.
  • If the windshield wipers leave streak marks, they're probably worn out. Have them replaced.
  • Make sure the horn works.
  • Take along a flashlight and a first-aid kit.
  • Carry your auto insurance agency's emergency and accident claims numbers.
  • Pack an emergency tool kit.
  • Take emergency flags and triangular reflective warning signs.
  • Take extra belts for fan, generator and air conditioner.

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