The Importance of Preventive Maintenance Before Holiday Road Trips

Photo byEnis Yavuz onUnsplash


Even if your car is slightly on the older side, preventive maintenance is a great way to keep your vehicle in top shape and increase its life exponentially. Just like most good things in life, however, you need to carry out this practice regularly to ensure that everything is running smoothly and that you truly save up money in the long run. Preventive maintenance is also essential for those of us who love to travel, as vehicle problems on the road are one of the most annoying and time-consuming events that can happen, especially during our “Well-planned out” holiday trips. 


Although preventive maintenance might seem like a long and painful process, if done regularly, it is, in fact, both a life-saver and time saver. In this article, we’ll provide you with tips on carrying out maintenance correctly and, more importantly, which vehicle parts to target. 


Tires: Worn-out tires have become an almost stereotypical problem to most new (and) experienced drivers because very few of us consistently replace them on time and track their performance. With preventive maintenance, you can rid yourself of this problem and save yourself a lot of headaches on the road. 


Fluids: If you are not regularly checking your fluids, your road trip might become a nightmare. Unchecked fluids can cause thickening, which can severely damage your car’s engine. Trust us; you don’t want to be randomly leaking oil!


Lights and Electrical Equipment: Ensuring that all of your lights and electrical equipment function correctly can save you hundreds of dollars. Additionally, windshield wiper blade maintenance is also essential given that you’ll be traveling during the winter (although winter in Missouri is quite unpredictable).

So, ready to start the engine, knowing that you’ll be prepared for all the incoming bumps on the road? We’d also like to help out! Before you start the engine, we invite you to make a reservation with The Auto Shop team for a complete safety inspection. The Auto Shop is located at 612 Missouri Boulevard Court, Jefferson City, MO, 65109, and our business hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM. For payments, we accept cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover. And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook! We look forward to seeing you soon!