Road trips are a great way to take a little holiday without going too far or taking too much time. Exploring the places closer to home can be just as enjoyable as flying to a foreign destination.
Before you jump in your car for exploration, your vehicle needs to be prepared, so your trip goes smoothly. Here is a checklist to complete before you hit the highway on your adventure.
Get a Tune-Up
The last thing you want is to be stuck on the shoulder of the road waiting for help with car trouble. Check your brakes, lights, tires, and make sure oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid are topped up and in good condition.
Get Familiar with the Car’s Features
No matter how long you have been driving your vehicle, give yourself a refresher on the location of all the buttons you’ll use – hazard lights, high beam lights, and cruise control are just some of the features to get to know.
Pack the Essentials
Aside from everything you’ll need once you reach your destination, you should also keep a roadside kit handy with maps, phone chargers, snacks, and drinks. If you get in an accident or are stuck, you should plan to have a first aid kit — if you’re travelling in the winter, having an emergency blanket and change of clothes will be ideal for keeping you warm.
Wash Your Car
Before you head out of town, stop at the car wash to give your car a wash and wax to protect your vehicle from the elements and bugs. Give your vehicle a polish to get your road trip off to a good start.
As fun as spontaneous road trips are, it’s a good idea to take a few days to prepare for anything that can go wrong and ensure that you don’t forget anything vital to your adventure.