Preparing Your Car For A Road-trip

A road-trip can easily be ruined if your car breaks down in the middle of the road. Cars that are not prepped well before a road-trip have higher chances of breaking down. Here are some ways you can prepare your car for a safe and fun long drive.

Car condition

The quality of your car should be at its best before a road trip. Make sure you’ve checked the condition of your tires and have a spare ready. Change your oil and filter a week prior to the road trip, and ensure that the water reservoir is full. If you’re planing to travel on off-roads, meaning they are non-concrete roads, you should consider getting your wheels aligned to prevent your tires from wearing out. You wouldn’t want to spend the extra money replacing all your tires when you get back. Fill up on gasoline before you leave so you won’t have to make continuous stops to fill up gas.

Plan your route

This is always a good idea to do even days before the trip. You should know the path you want to take and how long it will take you to get there. Familiarize yourself with the roads, and make sure you know where the heavy traffic will be. You also need to know where you can stop and have a break, such as resting areas. It’s also best to see where the gas stations and the car repair shops are, to prepare for the dreaded car breakdown scenario.

Plan for emergencies

You can never be too safe when it comes to long drives. You need to realize that car accident or car breakdowns can happen anytime, and for that, you need to know what to do. Save emergency numbers, such as your the national road assistance number, on your phone and have a note with the number inside the car in case your phone dies. You can also save the number of Toronto towing companies because they will come right away to get your car off the road.

Entertainment

Long drives can be very daunting, especially if you are traveling with kids. Boring car drives often lead to sleepiness, which is dangerous. You can have games prepared for you to do with your family in the car, or create a fun playlist of songs where all of you can sing together. Audio books are also a great idea.

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Lee Farley