With summer comes road trip season, the time of year when families and friends hit the highways in search of adventure. As more people elect to drive to avoid the hassle and cost of airfare, you can expect more company on the road than ever. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to properly prepare their vehicle for a long trip. Before you drive off into the great wide open, get your car ready with these five acts of preparation.
Car Travel Tips
- Check Your Battery: Most people forget about their battery until it’s too late. To make sure that you don’t wind up stranded, check the strength of your battery before you leave. While you’re at it, you can ahead and clean those terminals with a little water and baking soda.
- Check Your Tires: A highway blowout factors into no one’s idea of a fun vacation. Before you leave, review your tires for tread wear, worn patches, or bulges.
- Be Prepared: Create a kit to keep in your trunk in case of a wreck or breakdown. At the very least, you should have a blanket, first aid kit, flashlight, and basic tools.
- Stay on Track: While GPS-enabled smartphones have become widespread, consider a dash-mounted GPS for your trip. It will provide a safer alternative when you need directions in unfamiliar areas.
- Schedule a Check-Up: If you haven’t needed to take your car in for maintenance in awhile, consider a general check-up before your trip. This will help identify any issues before you find yourself in the middle of nowhere.
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