-Do a Vehicle Checkup-
Before you venture out on your road trip, it is wise to make sure everything on your vehicle is in working order. Some important things to check include:
- Oil level
- Windshield wiper condition
- Coolant and wiper fluid levels
- Tire air pressure
- Brake condition
Of course, this list doesn’t include everything. Whatever else you feel could use a check-up on your vehicle is worth the effort. It is much easier to get the issues taken care of before you hit the road.
Planning might seem a little unnecessary or a bit of a buzzkill, but it will make your trip go a lot smoother. Plan out things such as where you will stop each night, what times you will be driving through busier city areas, or what route you will need to take to avoid road construction.
The less stress that accompanies a road trip, the easier it is to enjoy. Making sure you are prepared for the different problems that are likely to arise can make all the difference. Some examples of items to bring include:
- Car charger for your phone
- Map (in case your phone or GPS malfunctions)
- Jumper cables
- Tire changing tools/spare tire
- Extra cash.
Driving safety should be a top priority for your trip. Make sure that the driver is focused at all times. This means staying off cell phones, taking shifts to avoid drowsy driving, and having an adequate amount of pit stops to get some fresh air.
Refueling the vehicle is an easy part of road tripping to overlook. It is a good practice to search for a gas station once your tank reaches ¼. When you are unfamiliar with an area the last thing you want to be doing is searching for a gas station when your gauge is on E.