Being Prepared For The Worst On A Road Trip
A road trip can be a most exciting and fun vacation. However, if your car breaks down, it can completely ruin the experience, and certainly make for one expensive trip back home. Be prepared in the event of a breakdown, and you will have no worries when you set off for your trip.
Before departing on your road trip ask yourself if you should have your car serviced? When was the last time it had a tune up and a check up? Is it making any unusual sounds at highway speeds? Is something just not right? The last thing you need is a major mechanical issue during your trip, especially in the middle of nowhere, miles away from any reputable service station!
Take your car in and have an experienced mechanic determine whether or not your car will be sound for the duration of your trip.
Check all the fluids in your vehicle. Make sure the oil, coolant, transmission, and brake fluid are all close to their optimal levels. When it comes to tire pressure make sure to keep it at the manufacturer's recommendation, as this will be safer, and even save you on fuel costs.
Different vehicles and engines types have certain oil change requirements. For example, a hybrid only needs its oil changed once every ten thousand miles. If you are taking a hybrid, you may not need an oil change for the duration of your trip. However, if you're taking a standard vehicle you may need to stop along the way for an oil change.
If you will be driving a lot, it would behoove you take a GPS or at the very least a good atlas. This will help you get to your destinations in a more efficient manner, and in the long run save you time and money. On top of that, a good GPS can help you avoid dangerous neighborhoods because you will not end up taking wrong turn after wrong turn and end up in a less than desirable area.
If you happen to get a flat tire do you know how to change a tire? If not, you may want to practice or have a good friend show you before you leave. This is a skill that will benefit you now and for the rest of your adult life.
Also be certain that your spare is good. Some spares end up sitting in the trunk for years on end unchecked, have no pressure, and sometimes are even punctured. Ensure your spare tire is useable before you leave, so that you are ready should you get a flat.
Make sure you have a tool kit that contains any emergency supplies you may need. Equipment to make minor mechanical fixes, a tire iron, some water and food for a few days, and a simple first aid kit, should keep you sane should the worst happen.
Road trips can be great fun, but if something bad happens the fun is literally out of the window. To ensure the fun can continue be prepared for the worst, and you will have the peace of mind that allows for a fun and safe trip.
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