Before you head out on the open road this summer, there are a few things to check off to make sure it’ll be a smooth ride. While accidents or damage can happen at any time, getting easy maintenance tasks checked off will help avoid issues.

General Maintenance

Even if you were in for some maintenance not long ago, it never hurts to re-check important parts of the system. These tasks typically include:

  • Topping off fluids
  • Changing out filters
  • Checking the battery charge
  • Changing engine oil

If you’re due for an oil change soon, it would benefit your vehicle to get it done a little early—especially as you prepare to be away from your usual mechanic and are putting on a good number of miles.

Tires and Alignment

Getting a flat tire in the middle of a road trip is never fun. While you can’t control sharp debris on the road, there are other aspects you can get checked out. The tire pressure should be ideal for whatever the manufacturer recommends, which you can typically find on the driver’s side door. Ideal tire pressure will get you better mileage, and a tire rotation will help your tires wear at an even rate. Finally, checking the alignment also ensures your car won’t drift while on the road or cause a bumpy ride.

Brake System

If your vehicle has not had a brake check in over 10,000 miles or six months, then it’s a good idea to get that done just to make sure everything is in working order. This is especially important if you’ve noticed any changes such as grinding, spongy brakes, or less resistance when pressing down.


When you’re on a road trip, you want to get the most out of your fuel economy. It helps your overall gas budget and so you don’t have to make as frequent stops to fill up. Your vehicle hopefully has the ability to keep track of how many miles you get per gallon, so you should compare that with the manual. If you’re getting under the ideal, then a service center can help diagnose what may be affecting your fuel economy.

Our experts are ready to help and can typically complete routine maintenance appointments quickly. Superior Service Center has been serving the Southern Twin Cities metro since 1982 and can help you with all of your car repair needs.