Taking Care of Your Car Before a Road Trip

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I made my first big girl purchase after graduation last year when I bought a brand-new car! Because it’s a new car, I’ve been trying to maintain it to make sure it stays in great condition and lasts as long as it possibly can.

Recently, my friends and I went on a road trip from Toronto to New York City for a weekend. That meant my baby was going on a 10 hour, each way, road trip for the first time ever, and I was driving that distance for the first time ever too!

My friend’s dad even asked my friend whether or not the car was up for the 10-hour drive. I was proudly able to say, it was!

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Pre-road trip maintenance on your car is really important, but I honestly have a really hard time finding places in the city that I trust to do my oil changes, filter changes, etc. Usually, I wait until I’m near my parents or Rowan’s parents house to get my car work done as I know it’s easier to get to and park around.

I recently learned more about FRAM filters and how easy they were to change on your own! Perfect for any young professional on the go. Air filters are SUPER easy to replace and last time I was getting an oil change I told them I didn’t need my replaced because I was going to do it on my own! Engine filters are bit more difficult, but still easy. I purchased FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filters and FRAM Engine Air Filters to share how easy this is.

FRAM Cabin Air Filters help keep the car fresh from dust, dirt and allergens. Dirty cabin air filters can reduce the efficiency of heating, defrosting and air conditioning system. Would you believe that the air in your car can be up to 6x dirtier than the air outside? FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters can remove up to 98% of the dirt, dust and allergens. It includes Arm& Hammer® baking soda to absorb and eliminate odours. We all know the power of Arm & Hammer® baking soda (we use it in the fridge!)

It’s best to change your cabin air filter annually or every 24,000km. It’s best to change both the cabin air filter and engine air filter at the same time as it’s likely both will need changing. Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.

The main difference between a Cabin Air Filter, and an Engine Air filter is what part of the car they filter air for! A cabin air filter helps keep ‘the cabin’ (where you sit) of your car fresh and clean of debris and contaminants. An engine air filter does the same thing for your engine! A clogged or dirty engine air filter can cause poor gas mileage and overall weak performance.

Canadian Tire is my go-to for both oil changes and help with my car, as well as purchasing any car products (including the cool air vent clip I picked up at the same time!). They had a tablet in the aisle so you could easily find the correct filter for your car which was key – there are so many options!



Be sure to check out other tips and tricks for changing your filters can here! And, you can check out which filters are meant for your car here.


Tip: You can do this anywhere. We did it in a low light condo parking garage without any issues (a flashlight is necessary though!). Basically, you could go to Canadian Tire, purchase the product and do it RIGHT THERE in the parking lot. That’s how easy this is – no tools necessary!

Step 1: The cabin air filter is located on the passenger side door behind the glove box, or in some cars under the glove box towards the lefthand side by your feet. Push in on each side of the glove box to disengage the glove box to pull it away from the dashboard. Or, if it’s a panel under the glove box, pull the panel away (it clips in).

Step 2: Locate the cabin door filter and unlock the top edge of the door.

Step 3: Remove the dirty filter by pulling it straight out. Replace it with the new filter by sliding it into the filter slot.

Step 4: Re-place the cabin filter door and secure. Do the same with the glove box. Ensure the glove box open and closes as it did before.

See how simple it is? It would have taken me less than 15 minutes if I hadn’t been trying to take photos and shine a light at the same time! The best part, it was so simple to do in the condo parking garage!


  • Glad you are enjoying your new car and taking good car of it. Maintenance is always important.

  • Congrats on the new car. Maintaining it is important. Have fun on your trip.

  • Mar

    I love a good road trip! When we moved home to Toronto from Alaska a few years back, making sure our car was reading for the 4500+ km drive was definitely important! Now that I know how easy changing the cabin air filter is, we will be doing it ourselves when needed.

  • We went on a road trip to New York City a couple of years back. It was so fun, but it is indeed a long trip, so your car has to be just as ready for the trip as you are. Great idea to change the air filter. 🙂

  • Car maintenance is so important; that’s why I’m so glad I still live at home so I can ask my dad for advice! I’ve had a car for just over 2 years and don’t even know how I coped before now! Great post 🙂

    Sian x

  • What a fun road trip! It is so important to keep your car maintained especially when traveling such distances. This looks so easy to do. #client