How do I prepare for a long road trip.
How do i Prepare for a Long Road Trip.
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If you are asking yourself how do i Prepare for a Long Road Trip read on.
Have you made a decision to take that long road trip you have been putting off for years? Are you planning to drive long distances to be with family and friends this holiday season? If you are, there are certain things you should do first to ensure that your road trip is fun, memorable and, above all, safe.
Before you get in your car and hit the road, we recommend that you do the following:
· Get your car checked by a qualified mechanic. If your car is not safe, you are not safe in it, either. There are certain simple, yet important, measures you can have performed on your vehicle before you take that road trip. Have a tune-up. Get your oil checked and, if necessary, changed. Make sure that all your vehicle fluids are topped-off. Have your tires checked for wear-and-tear and make sure that they are inflated to the correct pressure. Have your brake pads and rotors looked at before you begin your long journey. Make sure that your electrical features, such as your headlights, are in good working order. A qualified, competent mechanic can perform these services for you and give you the peace of mind you need before beginning your long journey.
· Keep an emergency/safety kit in the car. In the event of an emergency, it is vital that you have certain items with you to ease you through an unfortunate incident while on the road. You should keep a first aid kit in your car. You should also have other items such as a flashlight, some non-perishable food items, bottled water, a pen, a note pad and road flares in the event you need some or all of these items.
· Clean out your vehicle before you begin your trip. In addition to the extra comfort level you will experience from cleaning out unneeded items from your vehicle during your trip, relieving your car of excess weight will also improve your gas mileage. It will also make more room for the items you actually need to take with you.
· Have all your paperwork in order and easily accessible. Always be sure to keep your driver’s license with you and have your vehicle registration and insurance papers in the car. Also, be sure to keep the paperwork in a spot that is easy to get to in the event you are pulled over by law enforcement and asked for such papers. You should also keep the papers handy in the event you need a tow and you are asked by the tow operator to verify the car’s ownership.
· Bring an updated map. In the era of GPS, drivers often do not count on the unexpected interruption in satellite service. Have a print map with you in the event GPS is unavailable or provides you with incorrect information.
· Plan Your Journey. Establish a schedule to set a reasonable amount of driving time between each stop. Taking time to stop and refresh yourself will improve the quality of your driving experience and will increase your alertness behind the wheel.
Above all else, be safe on the road. Take your time. Pull over and rest if you are
getting tired. Remember, this is not a race. It is a road trip to be enjoyed and remembered for the good times.