Roadtrip Tips p.II

Take care that when preparing for a road trip, you aren’t just looking at the parts of road travel that impact your experience. You need to take good care of your car and everything else related to it in order to minimize the chances of an accident on the road. While most other problems can be solved simply, enabling you to continue in your travels, a problem with your car can not only end the road trip, it can end up costing you more money than you have available to spend. First, and likely most obviously, it may be a good idea to get your car checked. If you think you have the necessary knowledge and expertise, you can of course give it a checkup yourself. But otherwise, it’s probably best to take your car to a professional mechanic. If they give your car the thumbs-up, then you have a pretty good chance of making a road trip without any incidents. However, when you travel by car, things can go wrong that were unaccounted for. That’s why your pre-road trip maintenance doesn’t end at getting your car checked.

After you get your car checked to make sure it’s worthy of a road trip, it’s on to the specifics of the car rather than the general aspect of readiness. Make sure you have everything you need in the trunk of your car. Most people have a tire iron handy for when you need to change a tire, but a first-aid kit is a less common item that you’ll need if anyone gets injured on the road. Hopefully your idea of road travel doesn’t merit a first-aid kit, but it’s handy to have regardless. In addition, in the case of a total breakdown on the road, you may need a fire extinguisher as well as road flares or reflectors. Finally, make sure that you not only have a spare tire handy, but that it’s in good condition and with good air pressure. If you pop a spare tire, you’ll really be in a bad spot.

It’s probably best to road trip with friends instead of by your lonesome, if possible. With other people as passengers, you can split the work of road travel with multiple people. Having a navigator read road maps is much easier than trying to do it while driving, and takes much less time. Additionally, driving in shifts keeps the driver refreshed and alert, which not only keeps the trip enjoyable for everyone, but keeps everyone in the car safer for less risk of car accidents. However, make sure to be prepared still in case of accidents. Keep your information handy in the car (especially your proof of insurance – not only will it help in an accident, but if you’re ever pulled over, you’ll need it handy), and check around for roadside assistance services. There’s not much worse than being stranded on the side of the road out where there’s no cellular reception.