Everybody is getting excited as the weather is turning into spring. Spring leads to summer which means many opportunities for a summer road trip. When you’re getting ready to head off on a road trip, your vehicle needs to be prepared as well. You should take some time before you leave to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape and will be reliable on your trip.
The first step you should take in preparation for your trip is to clean out the vehicle completely. Get those pieces of paper out of the back seat and off the floor and give it a good vacuum. When your vehicle is clean on the inside, you feel more comfortable while you are in it. Every time you do this task you tend to feel like you have a whole new car to drive. This is a great time to inspect your customized floor mats to make sure that you do not need to update them as well. At the very least give those custom car floor mats a good cleaning before your trip. You’ll be glad you did.
The second step you should take prior to heading off on your adventure is to have your vehicle checked out by your mechanic. This will include checking the air pressure in the tires, topping off the fluids such as windshield washer solvent and radiator fluid. Have them take a look at your spare tire as well. You definitely do not want to be in a situation where you need it only to find it’s just as flat as the one you need to replace. If you don’t have a spare, you should look into getting one.
Navigation is key to a good road trip. While it can be adventurous to get lost occasionally and find yourself in a new adventure, these times is usually not the normal reaction. Having a good navigation system can save you when you’ve lost your way. A GPS system can be permanently installed in your vehicle or you may have one that can be moved from one vehicle to the next. In addition there are navigation systems installed on cell phones as well. You simply key in your destination and let the satellites guide you on your way.
To keep the number of stops to a minimum, pack a small cooler containing drinks and have some snacks handy. While stops are unavoidable, the number can be reduced by having the items you need in the vehicle with you. Bathroom breaks are important as well and these stops can be used to replenish the cooler. However you don’t want to have to stop every 50 miles to get another person a drink or a snack. Just be sure to have your car mats custom clean and have a bag handy for garbage as well.
Make sure you have packed your trunk properly prior to the trip. You will want to have a blanket or two, a shovel and a flashlight at the very minimum. In cooler weather, these items can be used to provide comfort and shelter while waiting for your rescue. Many people today pack a small survival kit in their trunk just to be safe in the event of any emergency.
Clean the exterior of your car thoroughly as well and make sure the windows are clean both inside and out. The clean window allows your passengers the opportunity to take pictures through the windows and not run the risk of dropping the camera or cell phone out the window.