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6 Essential Travel Tips for Your Thanksgiving Road Trip

6 Essential Travel Tips for Your Thanksgiving Road Trip


AAA estimates nearly 3.8 million Southern Californians will travel by car this Thanksgiving, 10% more drivers than last year, despite the record breaking gas prices. Our freeways are expected to reach peak traffic on Wednesday afternoon (the day before Thanksgiving) and overall, you can expect traffic to reach near 

pre-pandemic levels. Some drivers may be taking a vehicle that is not prepared for an extended road trip and the last thing you want is for your car to breakdown on the highway when you should be at Grandma's sitting at the table having Thanksgiving dinner or relaxing by the pool at your favorite resort. 

In order to reduce the chance of unexpected, costly repairs and have a stress-free road trip, here are 6 essential things you should do to make sure your car is ready for travel this Thanksgiving: 

  • Check all fluids (engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant) 

  • Check hoses and belts (look for any that are cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear) 

  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread

  • Inspect the brakes. If you notice squeaking or screeching sounds, car pulls to the side, low pedal pressure, vibrating or pulsating feeling when you use the brakes or the brake pads are less than 1/4 " inch thick, these are signs they need to be replaced 

  • Make sure all lights are working (interior and exterior)

  • Check wipers. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months. (make sure the windshield wipers are working and keep the reservoir filled with solvent) 

Don't forget to restock your emergency kit with a first aid kit, flash light, simple tools, work gloves, jumper cables, some snacks, extra money, rain poncho and maybe even a blanket! 

If you're planning a trip this holiday season and your vehicle is due for service, we recommend scheduling an appointment so you can give yourself some peace of mind when you're traveling!


Call 310-323-1824, drop in or make an appointment online, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Nov 25th and Nov 26th.


Thanksgiving road trip car maintenance tips