There is no such thing as a smart impromptu road trip. To be safe, which is the smart thing to be, you need to prep for a road trip in advance. This could take weeks. So, before you head off on your whirlwind adventure, keep reading for 3 ways to prep your car for a road trip.
Keep a Stockpile of Water and Non-Perishable Snacks
You have heard the news stories where people have gone on vacation, only to have a wreck where their car flips to the bottom of a snowy mountain, ravine, or somewhere else hidden from sight of the road. In these stories, they survive by drinking rainwater and eating whatever their kids have left between the seats in the car. It’s a horrible scenario, and highly unlikely in most cases. But it’s still a good idea to think of everything and keep a stockpile of bottled waters and non-perishable snacks nearby. Maybe even keep a can opener in your car for tins of fruit cocktail and beanie weenies. It might sound funny, but it could save your life one day.
Keep an Old-Fashioned Map and Learn to Read It
Old-fashioned maps catch flack for being old-fashioned. But you simply can’t rely on a GPS ALL of the time. Why? Because computers malfunction and someday those technologies could give up on your road trip, leaving you stranded. However, classic maps are still kept up-to-date. You only need to learn to read one, which is something you probably skimmed over when you were in elementary school.
Give Your Car a Tune Up
Before you head out onto the open road, get your brakes checked, fluids replaced, and make sure everything is in working order. You don’t want to be stuck on a deserted highway somewhere, with the sun roasting you from up high, while you try to flag down someone because your car broke down. Stay safe by being prepared. Take your car to a mechanic at least once before going on a road trip. And make sure your service parts identification sticker is up to date for future mechanics that work on your car.
Safety precautions are implemented for a reason. From speed limits, to uses for cruise control, you should do a quick brush up on precautions to assure that your driving is up to par. Road trips can be a challenge, both mentally and physically, and you need to know that you are able to successfully complete your journey without incident, like wrecks.