Imagine this. You are all packed and ready for the road trip you've been looking forward to for months. You've checked your list several times and everything's packed, the pets are being cared for and the kid down the street promised to mow the lawn at least once. Everything is perfect!
You put your key in the ignition, but the car won't start. It just sort of sputters. Or maybe it starts going thump. Thump. THUMP. As you try and back out of the driveway.
Nothing, and I mean nothing can damper the spirits like a problem with your car when you’ve got somewhere to go. Luckily, a little bit of checking beforehand and chances are good that you'll not only catch any little problems, but also prevent them. Don't wait until the last minute, start checking these things a few weekends ahead so if you do have something that needs to be replaced, you've got plenty of time to do it.
So what needs checking?
If you aren't handy under the hood (and lucky for me, Mr. Disney Magic is!) schedule an appointment with your mechanic for a look over. It's usually not expensive and you'll have the comfort of knowing before you hop in, that your car is ready to roll!
Basic maintenance can not only make your car perform well, but make it last longer, too. Do you do a pre-trip check on your car? Any things to look for that I left out?