How to Prepare for a Road Trip

There’s nothing quite like a road trip to escape the drudgery of your daily routine. You can see beautiful sights, enjoy exciting destinations, and get some relaxing downtime by heading to the location of your choice. Driving to the spot offers an adventure that other types of travel can’t offer. 

However, before you head out, it’s important to plan accordingly so you can be safe and get the most out of your trip. Check out our tried-and-true trips that will help you have a memorable, incident-free getaway.

Tune-up Your Car

You might not be able to control road conditions or other drivers, but you can do your part to ensure your vehicle is ready for the road. Before your trip, take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic for a comprehensive tune-up. Have the mechanic check the fluid levels, brake pads, tires, and transmission. This also gives a mechanic the chance to identify serious concerns before you leave.  Spending a little bit on these services now can spare you many headaches during your trip.

Get an Extended Warranty on Your Car

If you have an older vehicle, chances are good that it no longer has a manufacturer’s warranty. Without this coverage, you’ll be responsible for any parts, systems, and component replacement or repairs. On a road trip, you’ll put on a lot of miles, and you may drive in places you’ve never before driven. These factors can increase the chances of being involved in an accident or having other mechanical problems. An extended warranty protects you from having to pay big bucks out of your pocket for major repairs. There are many extended warranty options available. Compare various options to find the right one for your needs.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

Taking steps to prepare for emergencies before they happen is important, as doing so can ensure your safety should you find yourself broken down on the side of the road or stranded in any way. Putting an emergency kit in your vehicle can give you peace of mind save you in a troubled time. Your kit should include a first-aid kit, flashlight, blanket, bottled water, and snacks. Also, make sure you have jumper cables and a set of basic tools.

Plan Your Route

If you’re headed to an unfamiliar destination or one you haven’t visited in a while, make sure know the safest route. Looks at some maps before you go and be aware of any highway or road changes you’ll have to make. It’s also a good idea to be aware of any construction delays that may slow you down. Check out the weather to see if rain, snow, hail, or other challenging conditions might factor into your trip.

Download Your Music and eBooks

Another great tip that can help you have the best road trip possible is to download your music and ebooks. Many streaming services, like Spotify and Apple Music, allow you to download your streaming playlist. Downloading some of your playlists will help when you inevitably end up in a dead zone for your cellphone provider.

You should also consider downloading eBooks and Old-Time Radio shows on services like Audible. Depending on how long your road trip is having eBooks and Old-Time Radio shows can help break up the monotony of just listening to music the entire time. And offer a fun diversion from miles of road. 

If you’ve planned a road trip, you’re undoubtedly excited about the adventure awaiting you. Follow the above tips to better prepare so that you can minimize your chances of running into trouble and better enjoy every moment.

Sources:

https://roadtrippers.com/magazine/prepare-car-road-trip/
https://www.smartertravel.com/10-half-tips-road-trips/