Activity Overview: Basic
Automobile Trip Safety and Mechanics Inspection
teach the basic evaluation of Automobile
maintenance and safety before starting a trip or
in performing a monthly safety inspection.
your vehicle Owners Manual and service records.
various magazine articles on Trip Auto safety
pictures of various parts that you have checked
the interval between mechanical service for
engine, transmission, cooling system, brakes,
lights, turn and brake lights, windshield wipers
and tire pressure, wear and rotation.
carefully at a map(s) of where you will travel
and record the routes and highways you will
Name all major automobile components to be
inspected before trip.
Describe the intervals for inspection of various
mechanical systems using Owners manual or Service
Describe how to and help check the engine,
transmission; cooling system, brake fluid levels
by using Owners or Service Manual.
Describe how you check the head and taillights
turn and brake signals.
Describe what tire pressures taken should be for
your car and what excessive tire-wear could be
easily observed. Help check tire pressure and
Describe how windshield wipers are checked and
what indicates poor condition.
Describe how you check battery fluid level, and
automobiles charging system is working.
Visit the AACA CHIP program website and review
the section on Automobile and Its Parts, Tire
evaluation, and Mechanical Service.
Visit your local library or bookstore and look
at book about Trip plans.
Visit an AAA Office for planning assistance and
Visit a Service facility and observe a vehicle
Visit a service facility and ask to observe a
car being service or ask an adult to show you
how to inspect the lights and fluid levels.