Road Trip

Is Your Car Road Trip Worthy?

Is Your Car Road Trip Worthy?

What you need to do to get your car ready for a road trip this summer.

When you and your family or friends decide to take a long road trip, you'll have a long list of things to do before you go. It's important that you don't forget to include one of the most important aspects of the trip - your car. Here are a few tips to make sure that you are all set for the trip.

Take your car to the dealership for maintenance

Before you leave, take your car in and let the car dealership know that you are going on a road trip and how many miles you plan on driving. They will be able to service your car to make sure that it is running in the appropriate condition. You'll want to make sure that your tires are inspected, your cooling system is running properly, and your transmission and belts should be looked at. Your mechanic will be able to let you know of any issues. They can also guide you in the right direction about your roadside assistance options, if you don't already have one in place.

Be sure you don't wait until the day before you are leaving to get this inspection done. If an issue does arise, you want to have the time to get it resolved, without having to postpone your plans.

Make sure your spare tire and tools are easy to access

Check your spare tire and make sure that it is not flat. Also, make sure you know where all of the tools are to change the tire. If you don't know how to change a flat tire, then there is no better time to learn! Make sure you practice this a few times so in case you do get stuck with a flat, you'll be able to handle it and not stress out.

Don't forget the little things

It can be easy to forget to make sure your windshield wipers are new, and that you have plenty of cleaning fluid. The weather is unpredictable, and you'll want to be able to easily get the bugs off of the windshield as your driving. Also, check and make sure that you aren't due for new headlights. Even if both aren't out, that doesn't mean their shelf life isn't up yet. Plus, new ones will shine brighter, and that will help you see better when driving at night.

Have an emergency roadside kit

In your travels there will most likely be long stretches of highway that you don't want to get stuck on. But, at times this can be inevitable. Sometimes you'll be held up due to an extremely bad accident, while others times it will be because of car troubles. Whatever the cause, when you have an emergency kit, you'll be prepared for anything.

This kit should be filled with toilet paper, hand sanitizer, a whistle and pepper spray, warm blankets, water and shelf stable foods, as well as a little cash, sunblock, and a first aid kit. There are many more items that you can add to this list depending on the climate you are traveling in. And don't forget to bring a deck of cards.

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