Planning the Perfect Road Trip

What makes the perfect road trip is highly subjective. For some people, it means having a great vacation destination. For others, the ultimate playlist…or your best buddies…or just your furry friend as your copilot. But here at Quanz Auto Body, the perfect road trip is one the ends with you safely at your destination and your car in good condition. Second best is a road trip where you’re prepared for any mishaps along the way.

The perfect road trip starts with some planning and a visit to your ASE-certified technicians at Quanz before hitting the road.

The Perfect Road Trip Packing List

The key to the perfect road trip is to be ready for small hiccups so that they do not become major disasters. So, you need to have first aid, safety and vehicle maintenance basics at the ready. At minimum, make sure you have packed:

  • A basic first aid kit containing alcohol swabs, dressings, bandages, low-dose aspirin, antihistamines…and anything else you need for known health conditions and allergies.
  • Flashlight
  • Everything you need to change a tire—car jack, tire iron, spare
  • Jumper cables
  • Extra fluids—oil, coolant and windshield wiper fluid
  • Cell phone charger
  • Water and non-perishable snacks

Also have the number for your roadside assistance provider programmed into your phone and/or written down in case you need it.

Pre-Perfect Road Trip Maintenance

The best “just in case” supplies are the ones that stay packed because you never need them. And a little DIY and/or technician-performed maintenance can ensure you don’t. Before you pull out of your driveway for your road trip, check:

  • All fluid levels
  • Tire pressure
  • Tire tread depth

You can easily do the visual inspections required to check these items. But there are some vehicle components and systems vital to safety that may require professional inspection, such as:

  • Your brakes
  • Your wheel alignment

These systems help you maintain control of your vehicle at all times, so they are absolutely essential to road trip safety. These checks must not be skipped.

Quanz Auto Body can quickly assess the health of your brakes to determine if you need new pads, rotors or other maintenance before you start your journey. For wheel alignment, we can check and restore your vehicle to manufacturer specifications using the laser-accurate Hunter system. And if you contact us, we can schedule your road trip maintenance service at your convenience and get you in and out as quickly as possible.

No matter where you head this summer, stay safe!