Prepare For Your Road Trip with a Car Maintenance Checklist

It takes some serious preparation to do a road trip right. From planning your route to packing snacks, there is a lot to do to ensure your family is ready to hit the road.

But it is even more important to make sure your vehicle is equipped for the miles ahead. Because car trouble can send your vacation off track quickly, our certified technicians here at Nissan of Orangeburg have created this helpful car maintenance checklist! 

We are dedicated to keeping your car running at peak performance, no matter where the road takes you. Schedule your appointment with our Nissan Service Department today – and check each item off this list before you embark on your next great adventure.

  • Conduct a thorough tire check.

Carefully inspect your tires for uneven tire tread wear, cuts, gouges, etc. Check your owner’s manual for tire pressure recommendations and make sure your tires are properly inflated – before you leave and along the way. Tire rotations are also important, so consult your maintenance schedule and make sure you are up to date. Plus, do not forget a spare tire! 

  • Make sure your battery is in good condition.

Check your battery to ensure it is in good condition. Dead batteries require a jump or roadside assistance – and nothing puts a damper on your travels like car trouble!

  • Test the brakes.

Listen carefully for squeaking, grinding or any other abnormal noises. If you hear anything suspicious, schedule an inspection. The qualified technicians at our Nissan Service Department will check your brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums and fluid levels.

  • Check all fluid levels.

Make sure all the following are correct:

  • Engine oil levels
  • Transmission fluid levels
  • Power steering fluid levels
  • Coolant levels 
  • Brake fluid levels
  • Windshield washer fluid levels

It is a good idea to check your wiper blades too, so that you are prepared for any storms you may encounter.

  • Properly maintain filters.

To ensure your vehicle achieves peak performance, check both the cabin and engine air filters. Check your oil filter as well.

  • Check belts and hoses.

As a general rule, most maintenance schedules recommend replacing drive belts and timing belts every 60,000 miles. If radiator hoses are bulging, worn, brittle, or too soft, that is a clear indication that it is time to replace them. 

  • Test your air conditioner.

Your car’s air conditioner provides much-needed relief during summer’s sweltering days – so be sure that it is working properly before hitting the road.

  • Ensure your lights are working properly.

Check your headlights and all interior lights to be sure they function correctly.

Roadside Emergency Kit Essentials

While stocking up on snacks is crucial for keeping hunger at bay between pit stops, packing your car emergency kit is even more important! Remember that you cannot always rely on cell phone service, and if you find yourself stuck on the side of the road, you will want these essentials within reach.

Include these items in your road trip emergency kit:

  • A spare tire, jack and wheel wrench 
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit (including bandages, aspirin, scissors, tape, etc)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Basic tool kit
  • Car charger for phone
  • Nonperishable, high-protein snacks (nuts, granola bars, etc)
  • Drinking water
  • Rain poncho
  • Reflective triangles and vest to increase visibility
  • Small fire extinguisher

Schedule Your Service Appointment at Nissan of Orangeburg!

Ready for an inspection to ensure your vehicle checks every box on the car maintenance checklist? Schedule a service appointment today and drive with confidence.

If you are looking to buy a Nissan in Orangeburg before hitting the opening road, we can help with that, too! As your trusted Nissan dealership in Orangeburg, our team is committed to helping you find the perfect new vehicle. 

Check out the stylish Nissan Altima, with a roomy interior and plenty of fun tech features. Or test drive the family-friendly Rogue, the 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick with the most standard safety features in its class!

Get to Nissan of Orangeburg today!

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What Features Does Nissan Safety Shield 360 Include?

The open road is thrilling, with endless miles stretched before you. But it can also be dangerous, especially when unexpected circumstances arise. Like most families, we know that yours makes safety a priority when buying a vehicle.

Here at Nissan of Orangeburg, our team is here to help you find the perfect one! As your trusted hometown dealer, we are proud to offer a variety of Nissans equipped with Safety Shield technology. It’s no wonder locals look no further when buying a Nissan in Orangeburg, South Carolina!

Nissan sets a high bar for safety, leading the way with innovative new features. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is a suite of six safety features that now come standard on 10 popular vehicles, including the following:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind spot warning
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Automatic high-beam assist 

These Nissan safety features were carefully designed to offer added protection to reduce crash potential. Take a test drive here today at YOUR car dealership in Orangeburg, SC and experience next-level safety!

Which Vehicles Come Standard With Nissan Safety Shield 360? 

A variety of vehicles in its line-up include Nissan Safety Shield 360 features – from compact cars to its roomiest SUV.

Choose from these 10 must-have Nissan models:

  • The 2021 Nissan Sentra
  • The 2021 Nissan Leaf
  • The 2021 Nissan Maxima
  • The 2021 Nissan Kicks
  • The 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport
  • The 2021 Nissan Rogue
  • The 2021 Nissan Murano
  • The 2021 Nissan Titan
  • The 2021 Nissan Armada
  • The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Note: Nissan skipped over the 2021 Pathfinder model to focus on perfecting the 2022 Pathfinder. Nissan Safety Shield 360 features are also available on other models like the Nissan Versa and Nissan Altima, but it is limited as standard to certain trim levels. 

Explore Our Inventory at Nissan of Orangeburg Today!

Get to your Nissan dealership in Orangeburg, SC to check out the latest and greatest in vehicle safety. Whether you’re looking for a brand-new or pre-owned car, our team is here to help you find the perfect vehicle – and the right monthly payment – for your family. 

We are proud to offer the kind of friendly, honest customer service you deserve, and to make you feel like family. Come see us today to buy a car that will keep you safer on the roads! 

Plus, our Service Department is dedicated to keeping that vehicle running smoothly. So after your purchase, be sure to come back and see us for service!

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