As the weather gets warmer, it is a great time to take a road trip. Whether it is a short trip to pick up a child from college or one that leads to an exciting adventure, planning and preparing ahead of time will make your trip a smooth one. Here’s what you should do before you hit the road:
Plan, Plan, Plan!
Sometimes a spontaneous road trip sounds exciting, but if you want to have a good and safe trip, planning is key. Knowing where you are going and the route you are going to take should be a priority. Putting into your GPS will give you a place to start, but you may also want to have a good old-fashioned map too. Often, especially if you are traveling in mountainous or more remote regions, cell phone service could be intermittent or non-existent. Having both methods gives you the back-up you need if technology should fail you.
Visit your Mechanic
As part of your planning, take the time to let your mechanic assure you that your car is ready! Have him check tires, fluid levels, etc. This will eliminate any major unforeseen problems while on the road. Additionally, make sure that you have a working spare tire and a tire repair kit because flat tires can happen anywhere.
Bring an Emergency Kit
Everyone should keep a first aid kit in their car at all times, you never know when you are going to need it. When you head out for a road trip, you will need an emergency kit that includes a tire gauge, fix a flat, a life hammer (in case you are submerged in water), flares, a blanket, jumper cables and a basic set of tools. To have added peace of mind in case of an emergency, consider installing a 911Tracker on your vehicle before your trip. Family members can check your location, a cell phone connection is built right into the device so family members or friends who know you are on the trip, will always be connected.
Happy and safe travels!