Prep Your Car for Summer Travel

Thousands of Americans head out for summer travel each season; will you be one of them this year? Whether you’re planning a family vacation or a relaxing getaway, getting your car ready before you go is key.

Schedule a checkup.

Take your vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out. Oil changes, battery tests and tire inspections go a long way toward reducing the chances of a breakdown. AAA’s Mobile Battery Service also offers free battery testing for AAA members.

Pack an emergency kit.

Every vehicle should be equipped with a well-stocked emergency kit that includes a mobile phone and car charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit with tire pressure gauge and adjustable wrench, windshield washer solution, jumper cables and emergency flares or reflectors, drinking water, and extra snacks for travelers and pets.

Prevent lockouts.

Always take your keys when exiting the car, and bring a spare car key on every trip. Avoid exposing keyless-entry remote or smart keys to water, and replace the key or fob battery when recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

To schedule a repair appointment before your summer travel, find a Car Care Plus or Approved Auto Repair facility near you at