Summer is just around the corner, which can mean only one thing: it is road trip season! There is nothing like the thrill of the open road and the ability to get around with total freedom. However, before you start firing up the engine, there are a few things that you will want to do to make sure you and your vehicle are totally ready for the rigors of the road. Here are some of the top things that you need to check out before heading out on a road trip.
Give Your Car a Maintenance Checkup
The thought of heading out on the road, only to find that your car suddenly starts grinding to a halt is an absolute nightmare for all of us. First of all, you need to make sure your vehicle has all the appropriate roadworthy certificates so that you are confident that it is in tip-top condition. You should also perform all the necessary basic checks that you can do yourself. Take a look at all the fluid levels and top up any that are looking a little low. Pump up the tires to the right level. Take it in for a tune up if you need one. This will give you peace of mind that your vehicle is totally ready for the open road.
Check the load capacity of your vehicle before you start piling it up with luggage to make sure you are not putting too much weight inside. A lot of newer cars will print the total weight that you can carry on a placard inside the driver’s door jam. Remember that fuel economy is reduced if you fill the car with extra cargo. Any rooftop cargo boxes should only be filled with light bulky items. If you make the roof too heavy, it can make the car more difficult to handle in emergency situations.
Prepare Your Route Beforehand
Though GPS systems are becoming increasingly advanced, it is still a good idea to have an idea of where you are going before you actually set out on your journey. Though satnavs are very useful, they can take some of the fun out of the journey. What they are useful for is warning for congestion on the road so you know in advance if there are any particular routes that you need to avoid.
Plan Some Entertainment
You will set out on the open road full of excitement and a sense of adventure. But this will begin to dissipate fairly quickly, so you need to make sure that you keep from getting bored. Too much boredom can become dangerous as you are more likely to become tired on the road which is never a good thing. Streaming services and digital radio should mean that you will never run out of tunes, but you can try mixing up your entertainment with some books on tape or podcasts. You can even go really old school and try some classic car games!