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Before you get behind the wheel, check out our ultimate road trip safety checklist.

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1. Check the Brakes
1. Check the Brakes
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To prevent accidents on the road, checking your brakes prior to departure should be at the top of your road trip checklist.

Make sure they’re free of damage or rust, which will ensure they’re in optimal working order, and check the brake fluid as well.

The latter ensures the pressure you put in when pressing down on the brake pedal actually makes it to the brakes. It’s basically the secret ingredient to ensure they do their job successfully.

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