Quick 5 Minute Vehicle Inspection to do While you Fill Up

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When you go to the gas pump to refill your tank, it is important to keep in mind that certain vehicle inspections should be done to keep your vehicle in top performing condition. LoanMart is here to provide you with a quick 5-minute vehicle inspection you can do while you fill up.


Making sure your vehicle fluids are at appropriate levels. Checking to see they are not looking abnormal (the wrong color and texture) is a key part of proper vehicle maintenance. If you do not perform such fluid checks from time to time, you could end up doing some serious damage to your ride, and it could cost you a pretty penny to repair. But by checking each of the following fluids during a fill-up , you could save yourself all of the aforementioned trouble:

  • Brakes
  • Engine oil
  • Power steering
  • Transmission fluids
  • Clutch

Exterior Lighting and Horns

Checking your lights is of key importance. Not only do you want to be able to see where you are going when the sun goes down, but you will want other drivers to be able to see you as well. Plus, if your turn signal lights or your brake lights are not working properly, you could get a ticket by a police officer, or end up in a serious collision. When filling up, Ā make sure your lights are still in proper working order to save yourself any trouble.

Windshield Wipers/Washers

It is important that you check your washer fluids and your windshield wipers. Make sure to keep your windshield clear enough to see everything going on around you while out on the road. You do not want to be in a situation where you cannot wipe the rain away or wash away the remains of a bug.


Tires are important to your vehicleā€™s efficiency and overall well-being. Maintaining proper tread and air pressure in your tires can help themĀ  last longer, keep your vehicleĀ  safe, help your vehicleĀ  handle better, help your vehicle get better gas mileage, and more. Whenever you are filling up your vehicle, always make sure to do a quick check of your tires to make sure they are looking good. Check to see if it is time to get them replaced with newer ones, as you do not want to have any tire related trouble on the road.


Keep a close eye on your different gauges, they are located on your dash board. Of course, while you are refilling your gas tank you will already have your gas tank in mind, but it is also a good idea to check your oil pressure, voltmeter, and tachometer. Making sure your other levels are in good shape is just as important, if not more important, than monitoring and refilling your gas tank gauge. Not doing so could lead to far worse consequences than running out of gas while on the way to work.

Critical Equipment

Although regulations change, there are some pieces of vehicle related equipment that are considered essential for any motorist to have in proper working order. If these pieces of critical equipment are not up to snuff, then there could potentially be some real trouble down the line, not just for the driver and their passengers, but also for other motorists driving near them. Such pieces of critical equipment will usually include:

  • Brakes
  • Coupling devices (fifth wheel and kingpin)
  • Lights
  • Horn
  • Mirrors
  • Seatbelts
  • Steering mechanism
  • Tires
  • Windshield wipers

Emergency Equipment your Vehicle Should Carry

In addition to doing these periodical vehicle inspections, there are other things you should do to make sure you are safe while out on the road. You never know when there might be an emergency that requires you to tend to either your vehicle, someone elseā€™s vehicle, yourself, or a passenger in your vehicle. Below is a list of items that every vehicle should be carrying in order to address almost any emergency that might come up.

  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Spare fuses
  • Jack
  • Warning triangles
  • Spare tire
  • High visibility clothing

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