How To Get Your Subaru Ready for a Long Road Trip - General Maintenance Information in Seattle, WA

Road trips are a staple of American driving culture, and Subaru vehicles are exceptionally well suited to this kind of driving. Their remarkable quality, legendary longevity, and renowned safety make Subaru cars and SUVs the perfect choice for hitting the open road. But before you start your journey, make sure that you're prepared. Hitting the open road with no preparation at all may seem romantic, but the finer details can often make things trickier. Follow these five tips to get your Subaru ready for your next trip, whether it's across the state or across the country.

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5. Make a Road Trip Checklist

It's a uniquely frustrating experience to be a hundred miles away from home, only to realize that you've forgotten something important. Rather than having to weigh whether it's worth turning back, it's best to take steps to prevent this from happening in the first place. While nothing is certain to prevent it, a checklist can help. Make a list of everything you need to take with you (from specific luggage items to spare keys and copies of paperwork). If you make the list a few days before the trip, you'll have time to add things as they come to your mind. Then, as you load your vehicle, check each item off one by one.

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4. Make Sure You Bring Enough

How many people are going on the trip with you? If you're going alone, it's much easier. Introduce others--especially kids--and it requires more thinking. Make sure you bring enough food and drinks for everyone, as well as sufficient entertainment (books, music, video games, etc.). Trash bags are an incredibly useful item, as well, and they're often overlooked--so be sure to bring some along.

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3. Prepare for the Worst

It's better to be prepared for a problem that doesn't happen than to encounter a problem for which you're unprepared. Because of this, we recommend making sure you have a fully stocked roadside emergency kit. It should include a first aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, tools, emergency rations, and more. Make sure your spare tire is in good condition and that the tire iron and jack are in the car.

2. Consider Your Destination

Where you're headed can greatly affect what you should pack. If you're driving to colder, snowier climes, be sure to pack spare clothes, tire chains, a small shovel, spare clothes, extra blankets, boots, and other appropriate items. If you're driving to the desert, be sure to pack much more water than you're used to having, as well as sunscreen and a hat.

1. Bring Your Subaru In for Maintenance & Inspection

Getting maintenance for your car or SUV is a great idea before heading on a road trip. This can start with the standard oil change, but it goes beyond that. Tell the service advisors that you're headed on a trip and they'll pay attention to systems that bear the most strain from long trips, including the tires and the engine cooling system. This way, you'll be much more likely to have smooth, trouble-free performance on the open road.

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