You have your road trip prepped and planned, but you need to do everything you can to ready your car for the big adventure. No matter where you are going or how long it takes, you should have general knowledge of what you need for your vehicle. Here are 4 things you can do to prep your car for a road trip.
Learn to Check Your Oil, Fluids, and Tires Yourself
The greatest gift you can give yourself is the knowledge of how your car works and what it needs. From oil and other fluids, to tire pressure and gauges, you need to know about these things so you can fix them yourself if you need to. Ask a mechanic, do research online, buy a book—do whatever you need to do to educate yourself about your car.
Take Road Hazard Precautions with Floorboard Supplies
Road hazard precautions are things like flairs, jumper cables, extra spark plugs, and flashlights with extra batteries. Throw in a satchel with bottles of water and non-perishable snacks too. Then put all of this in your backseat floorboard for easier access in case of emergencies.
Keep an Extra Set of Supplies in Your Trunk
Spare tires, bottles of water, extra bottles of oil and antifreeze—you name it and you need it. These extra supplies are good to have in your trunk at all times, but they become especially important on a road trip. You never know what could happen. So, make a list, organize your supplies in your trunk, and rest easy knowing you did everything you could to ready your car for any possibility.
Brush Up on the Rules of the Road
Every highway in every state is a little different than the highways and states before it. Every state has different rules—regardless of how small or minute those changes are. You should snag a driving manual for whatever state you are passing through, then make it a point to brush up on the rules of the road. Not only will this keep you from getting pulled over, but it also enables you to be safer around unfamiliar drivers.
There are tons of uncertainties when it comes to driving around others, especially in unfamiliar territories, so make sure your car is ready for the trip. Keep all of your mechanics and processes, such as a vehicle certification label, up to date. You should also take the time to make a beeline for a professional mechanic to ensure your vehicle is road-safe before you go.