10-minute pre-trip checklist:
- Check all fluids. They are: antifreeze, engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer.
- Check hoses and belts.
- Check tires. Check tire inflation and inspect tires for bulges, bald spots and nails.
A last minute checkup is better than no checkup. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps.
Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road troubles, but it also provides an opportunity to have repairs (if any) done by the technician who knows your vehicle and the most important that it provides peace of mind.