Weekend Road Trip? Do These Pre-Trip Checks For Safety…

School's out for summer and your family is ready for a much needed summer vacation. But is your vehicle ready for the road? A new video from the non-profit Car Care Council explains the importance of a pre-trip vehicle check and the steps to be taken to be road-trip ready.

"A pre-trip vehicle check helps determine if a vehicle is ready for the road so you can avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles from home," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "With summer vacation upon us, a thorough vehicle inspection will give you peace of mind and make your journey safer."

The Car Care Council's new video, produced in conjunction with AutoNetTV Media (ANTV), recommends a thorough vehicle inspection before hitting the highway, including filters, fluids, belts, hoses, tires, battery and brake system.

The Car Care Council also suggests that vehicle owners check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website at to see if there are any recalls on their vehicles. By entering the VIN number, motorists can see if their car has any defects before leaving on vacation. NHTSA reminds motorists to buckle up for every trip, every time. When traveling with a child, it's safest for them to ride in a car seat suited for their size and age, and all children 13 and younger should ride in the back seat.

If you're bringing your animals – be sure to have plenty of water for them and stop for walks and bathroom breaks!

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council's online media room at To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council's consumer education website at

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