Preparing for Road Trips
May 25, 2013 04:19PM
By Darcie Dingman
Road trips can be a lot of fun, but they can also turn into a nightmare if you aren’t prepared. There are a few items that should be checked before you set out for your destination to ensure that your vehicle is as ready for the drive as you are.
- Make sure to check all fluids—antifreeze, power steering, brake, transmission, and windshield wiper.
- If you aren’t current with your oil changes, get it changed before leaving.
- Inspect your hoses and belts for wear and tear. If something looks askew, take it to a trusted mechanic and have them take a look.
- Check all tires, including the spare, to make sure that they’re in good shape and that the tire pressure is correct.
- Be certain you have a jack and lug wrench in case you need to change a tire.
- Check your battery to make sure there are no corrosions, cracks, or leaks.
- Gas can. Don’t wait until the tank is too low to fill up. On a road trip, it can be hard to know how far the next gas station will be.
- Water. Make sure to have plenty of bottled water; the summer heat can be extremely dehydrating.
- Phone charger. This should be used your entire trip to ensure your cell phone has a full charge.
- Shade. Bring window shades, towels, and hats.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses. Just because you’re in the car doesn’t mean your skin and eyes can’t get sun-damaged.
- Flashlight. Nothing is worse than being stranded in the dark.
- Maps. We often use phones or the GPS on our vehicles, but having an actual map is necessary in case our electronics fail.
- Walking shoes. Make sure you have shoes that are comfortable for walking in case you have to “hoof it.”