A long road trip might be one of the most memorable things you would do with your family or friends. However, if you aren’t well prepared, the memories might well turn to be a nightmare! No one likes getting stuck along the highway in the middle nowhere or trying to search for a local garage in a strange land. The stress, agony and feeling of desperation can ruin the whole trip ahead. If you are facing trouble on the way back home, it could be even more frustrating.
Well, the only solution is being prepared for any kind of eventuality. The first of things to look into will be the car itself. Here’s a checklist of things to get done before driving away for long:
The things you pack in your car will depend greatly on the place you are travelling to, the amenities that will be available there and the nature of your travel.
If in case that your vehicle suffers from a coolant leak in the road, you engine will overheat and may break down completely. It will not only lead to expensive repairs but also a frustrating stagnation that drains valuable time and energy. Before you begin your journey check for and signs of cracks or puddles. You can always pour in extra coolant via the radiator pipes to ensure that your journey is safe and completed as planned.
If you are going to a new place, a map is mandatory. You don’t want to be asking around too much and more importantly, to be wrongly directed. It’s always good to note down all addresses and destinations you will be visiting. Saving your map in your smart device too can help you navigate comfortably.
Thoroughly ignored by many, but proper car lighting can be a life savior on the road. Regardless of whether you are driving at night, you must always check for any broken bulbs, old and damaged wires and related things. Broken car lights can also attract penalties depending on the rules of administration. It will be a good idea to get your vehicle checked with a mechanic and ask them to focus on these small but specific issues.
Tires that are too worn out can be a road disaster. Experts suggest that the minimum tread depth should be a minimum 1.6mm and if it is less, you need to change them to new ones. Additionally, it is also always safe to be carrying a space tire and the necessary equipment to do a change in the middle of the road.
Brakes are again an important consideration to make your journey smooth and safe. Nothing less than a “perfect working order” is acceptable. In case of any doubts, get them to a garage and be ready to pay a small price for the convenience.
Similarly, check for the batteries to be completely charged and the clamps and cables are completely working. Ensure for all the electrical connection to be safe.
A survival kit
Be ready with first aid supplies, all basic medicines, accessories like torches and other requisites that can be required in any case. Be prepared and be prepared enough to be ready to help others too! Have a safe trip.