The first thing you should do is perform basic maintenance on your vehicle before you head out, such as checking wipers and fluid levels. It is a good idea to get a full service done before any long road trip.
- A road trip is no fun if your car won’t start so check your battery to make sure it’s strong and has clean terminals
- Inspect your tires for any tears or bulges in the side wall. The tires should have a good amount of tread left.
- Stock your car with an emergency kit, like an emergency kit, blanket, flashlight, and some extra snacks and water just in case.
- Get a portable GPS system. You can use your phone of course. This will help you find easier routes as well as help direct emergency services to your location, should something happen. (PANIC is a downloadable app that can assist with situations as well.)
- Be patient. During busy travel times expect to hit traffic. It may make sense to drive late at night or early in the morning to avoid the rush and ensure you get to your destination on time and with minimal stress.
Drive safely and make sure you are driving safely and follow the rules of the road.