Car maintenance is essential for any road trip, especially for long journeys. Keeping your car in top shape before setting off helps ensure a safe, reliable, and enjoyable experience. Pre-trip car maintenance is especially important for distance trips of 500 miles or more, as the distance increases the chances of breakdowns and repairs needed on the road. Before taking a long road trip, it’s important to perform a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Check fluid levels including oil, antifreeze coolant, power steering, brake, and transmission fluids. Check all lights, belts, and hoses, and make sure your tires are in good condition with proper air pressure. Additionally, make sure all the filters – engine air filter, fuel filter and cabin air filter – are clean and replaced if needed. Taking care of these small tasks can help ensure a smooth, safe journey.