# 1 Check the Oil
The oil in your car is it's life blood. If you're planning a long trip, it's best to just get an oil change before you leave. And remember if you're driving in the mountains or very long distances, give the oil a quick check if you're at a gas station.
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#2 Check Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is very important, since a well pressurized tire can also save money on fuel. You will find the correct tire pressures generally on the tires themselves, or their may be a stick on the driver's side door that will tell you correct tire pressures.
#3 Check Spare Tire
Chances of a blowout are slim if your tires are well kept and have the proper amount of tread. But in the event of a flat tire, you'll want to make sure that your spare tire is inflated and present in the car. If you have special rims and locking lug nuts make sure you have the key to the lug nuts. Typically they are located in your glove box.
#4 Check Battery
Your battery might be new, but it's good idea to bring alternate power in the event of a dead battery. It's more common that you might think. Especially if you leave some type of electronic plugged in. Amazon.com offers a simple backup batter jump system in case you end up with a dead battery.Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack 600 Jump Starter
Emergency Power Source with Radio
#5 Extra Set of Keys
How many times have you realized, I just locked myself out. It can spoil a vacation in seconds, as you try and find someone to help. Avoid these situations by getting a spare key and using the item below.