Why Your Vehicle Needs to Be on Your Deployment Checklist

When our command would host a Deployment Night most every family member in the local area would attend. We were anxious to hear about the boats schedule, changes in work hours leading up to the deployment and the always popular, "just how often you can expect a mail drop once the boat leaves the pier". Each member of our leadership team (Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Chief of the Boat, Ombudsman, Family Readiness Group President, Chaplain, etc.) would cover these and other important topics. The night also included information from the Fleet and Family Support Center on must have resources and free classes available during the deployment. This was also a time to meet others in the command, spouses whose husbands would be deployed with mine. The night was filled with the most current, trusted information on how best to prepare for the upcoming deployment. There was also lots of pizza.


In between talk of legal documents and making sure you were on the phone tree, there was usually mention of making sure your vehicles tags were current. From my experience, making sure your vehicles are taken care of is a BIG priority item for any deployment checklist.


Here are 8 things to consider when it comes to preparing for deployment and making sure your vehicle(s) "to-do's" are complete as featured in this USAA Deployment Checklist:


  • Review your auto insurance coverage.
  • Notify your insurance company if your car will be idle or placed in storage. Adjust coverage as necessary. Ensure your license plates and inspections are current.
  • Make sure your registration, insurance and inspection stickers are up-to-date.
  • Sign-up for roadside emergency service.
  • Have a way to seek help (cell phone).
  • Ensure vehicle has been serviced.
  • Make a list of repair facilities (including tire and body shops).
  • Make a maintenance schedule (for oil changes and tire realignments, etc.). 

One other thing to consider is preparing a Roadside Emergency Kit. Your kit should include:

  • Flares
  • Jack
  • Spare Batteries
  • A way to reach help (cell phone or calling card)
  • First-aid kit
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight/lantern
  • Spare tire
  • Maps
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper
  • Tool kit
  • Bottled water

By making it a priority to accomplish these suggested tips you'll be better prepared for the unexpected.

Deployments and long separations are tough enough without having to worry about our vehicles.


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USAA Deployment Checklist


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1 Comment
Occasional Visitor

A nice guide to add for deployment would be "How to prepare your vehicle for long-term storage before a deployment". Items such as oil change, tire rotations, fuel additaves, car covers or store in a garage, full vs. empty tank, disconnect the batter or not, etc. In other words, things service members can physically do to/for their cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. to increase the chance that their vehicle will still be fully operational after sitting for 9 to 15 months.