Preparations for a Road Trip

Preparations for a Road Trip

Are you heading on a road trip and wonder what you need to have done prior to that? You’re in luck, in this article we are going to discuss the most important things you mustn’t forget before setting off on a road trip.

First things first, if you are headed on the road you will need a trustworthy vehicle that can take the pressure without breaking down. Since you can never be too safe with the maintenance of your car you should take it to an auto repair facility for some tune-ups before heading out on the road. There are a few major things that a mechanic should take a look at:

    • tires
    • fluids, ideally, all of them
    • battery
    • belts
    • air conditioning
    • wipers
    • indicators

You should take your vehicle to the auto center some time before leaving on the road trip, it depends on your schedule but no need to do it more than a month before. Two to four weeks sounds good because the mechanic might find an issue with the vehicle that takes longer to fix, after all, better safe than sorry.

You might think that having a GPS with you is enough in terms of navigation but you’d be surprised. It most certainly is useful and convenient, but it can also lose signal or power, which renders it useless. Precisely because of that you need to have a physical map with you just in case. In fact, the best-case scenario is to plan your route before leaving with both a physical map and a GPS.

There are also certain items that you should have with you while on the road, especially for a road trip since you will be spending an extraordinary amount of time in it, and traveling on roads you do not know. Major such items can be considered:

    • first aid kit
    • non-perishable snacks, such as granola bars
    • water
    • blankets
    • small tool kit that has sufficient tools to change a tire or repair a minor issue
    • flashlight
    • flares
    • phone charger

It is important to note that you need to make sure that all of the luggage is secured in the appropriate compartments and the trunk of the vehicle. You definitely don’t want any loose objects that might go flying around.

While on the road you need to be alert and adequate, do not talk on the phone while driving, and do not drive if you haven’t rested. Rest is one of the most important things. Make sure to get enough sleep the night before leaving. It is a good idea to have all of the luggage ready so that you do not worry throughout the entire night. While on the road, rest every two hours, or change up with another driver if possible. Make quick pit stops. And if you feel you are drowsy, make sure to pull over as soon as possible and rest, maybe even take a short nap. While we are on the subject of rest, make reservations for hotels in the cities where you intend to spend the night because, otherwise,  you might find yourself without a room, especially if it is a popular destination.

Are you wondering if there is something more than you can do? Of course, there is, if you are one of those people who want to be sure that they have taken all of the precautionary measures. Have you ever heard of roadside assistance? Basically, you can call for, big shock, roadside assistance if the issue is not an emergency, such as if you have locked yourself out of your car or have a flat tire. You can purchase the aforementioned assistance through your insurance company or a private automobile association. But do bear in mind that if you own a new car or have leased a vehicle you might have roadside assistance included for the first few years by the manufacturer. The period varies based on the manufacturer.

As long as you are well prepared on your road trip and you are careful when driving, everything should be just fine. Enjoy the ride!

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