1.) Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
2.) Check your battery terminals to make sure they are tight and corrosion free. Load test your battery and if it is more than 4 years old, good ideal to replace just to be safe.
3.) Inspect your tire-tread wear and check the lug nuts to make sure they are tight.
4.) Examine the radiator for leaks. Have the radiator “pressure checked” for leaks that are not obvious on a visual inspection. Check coolant level and carry extra with you.
5.) Examine all belts and hoses associated with your cooling system carefully. Make sure there are no cracks or leaks. Replace any you have doubts about, and carry extras
6.) Check all the car’s fluids: oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering and automatic transmission fluid (if applicable), hydraulic clutch fluid (if applicable).
7.) Change the oil and oil filter – it should be changed every 3,000 miles.
8.) Inspect vehicle for any loose bolts transmission, suspension, and so on.
9.) Carry extra oil, water, antifreeze, ATF and brake fluid with you.
10.) Check that your spare tire, jack and tire tools are in good working condition.
11.) Carry a good first aid kit