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Pre-Travel Holiday Checklist

About this time next week it will be Christmas, and all of us here at Christensen Automotive wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. And remind you, if you are travelling to visit with family and friends make sure that you or your mechanic has given your vehicle a quick maintenance and safety check prior to setting off, so you are able to enjoy your holidays without worrying about your car.

Here is a quick guide of what you should check:

Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, and loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.

Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. You can find the optimum pressure for your vehicle on the sticker on the inside jam of the driver’s door.

Check lighting to identify any problems with exterior and interior lighting as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen. Clean road grime from all lenses with a moistened cloth or towel. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.

Check wipers. Wiper blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace them if they leave streaks or miss spots. Also, make sure the windshield washer reservoir is filled with a cleaning solution that will not freeze in cold weather.

Battery – Ensure the battery cable connections are tight, and the terminals are free from corrosion. If the battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested to determine how much life it has left.


If your vehicle is almost due for any normally scheduled maintenance it would be a good idea to have it done prior to any long trip. Also if you have noticed any issues such as pulling, shuddering or any noises when you press the brake pedal it would probably be a good idea to have your brakes and/or alignment checked before you leave to visit family and friends.
Also it is a good time to check that your emergency kit has everything that you need – just in case. AAA recommends carrying gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, ice scraper, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, jumper cables, first aid kit, a flashlight, cell phone, bottled water and a few “high-energy snacks” in your glove box.

From all of us at Christensen Automotive: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Do you want to read more Car Care Tips? Check out our webpage to learn more about essential car care tips!

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