Long Road TripsMany families take their cars for vacations during the holiday season. These road trips can cause serious strain on the engine, causing the oil to work harder. As such, it is important to have your oil checked before a road trip, just to make sure itâ¤™s up for the task at hand:It's definitely a good idea to look your car over before long drives, says Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing for Edmunds.comâ¤¦ If the oil change interval would arrive during the trip, then it's a good idea to change it before you leave.While there are many oil change myths circulating around out there, most of these â¤½mythsâ¤ actually have some truth to them. When it comes to changing oil, you should trust the opinion of a reputable D.C. car repair and preventive maintenance service like Georgetown Exxon. With the winter season coming soon, now would be the best time to have your oil changed.