There’s nothing like hitting the open road with a full tank of gas and a great playlist. No matter whether you’re heading out on a fun vacation, traveling to see friends or family, or simply seeing where the road takes you, road trips are a much beloved American pastime. Unfortunately, if you aren’t prepared, problems can arise. Use the following guide to make sure you and your car are prepared for a long journey.
Set Up a Tune Up
The last thing you want on a road trip is unexpected car problems. Car troubles can be both dangerous and inconvenient. No one enjoys looking for a trustworthy car mechanic while several hundred (or thousand) miles away from home.
Before long road trips, take your car in for a general wellness check. Consider getting your tires rotated and/or aligned. Check your fluid levels and replace or refill if necessary. A good mechanic should be able to identify and rectify potential issues that could flare up during your trip.
You don’t need to get your vehicle checked out every time you drive a couple of hours down the road, but it’s always a good idea to get a tune-up before embarking on a long road trip.
Pack the Snacks
What’s a road trip without good snacks? Disappointing and seemingly endless. When selecting snacks it’s a good idea to follow some general guidelines.
- Favor finger foods.
- Pack easy-to-open water bottles.
- Include a mix of savory and sweet snacks.
- Avoid strong odors.
- Stay away from foods that make you (or passengers) gassy.
It’s also a good idea to limit soda and other beverages that cause sugar highs to avoid the inevitable energy-sucking crash that follows. Drinking a lot of soda can also lead to a lot of restroom stops.
Protect Your Vehicle
If you plan to spend a lot of time on the road, it’s smart to invest in upgrades that can make your trip more enjoyable and can protect your car.
Chips in your windshield from small rocks can lead to large cracks and other problems in the future. Bug deflectors, or shields, protect your windshield and hood from rocks and other road debris.
Slim wind deflectors provide a more comfortable ride for you and your passengers. Tape on wind deflectors helps control the amount of air blowing in and out of your car. It can also make driving in wet conditions safer as it can reduce window fogging, which allows the driver and passengers greater visibility.