How to Prepare for Your First Road Trip
Your first road trip is exciting. Whether you are driving to your new school or getting ready for a vacation, you can expect to see some amazing sights along the way. However, driving long distances does bring a few minor risks such as getting sleepy or having a car problem. Taking a few minutes to walk through these steps helps you prepare for every possible contingency on your big adventure.
Clean Out Your Car
You may be planning to clean out your car when you get home, but you should also do a pre-trip cleaning. This helps you to make sure that there is clear space to keep all of your road trip essentials organized. During the clean out, you can also check to make sure that you have important paperwork in your vehicle such as your insurance card and vehicle registration paperwork.
Schedule a Car Inspection
On a road trip, minor car issues can turn into a serious problem fast. Give your car a quick check for obvious problems such as low tire pressure or a turn signal that isn’t working. Then, have a professional conduct an inspection. Doing any necessary automotive repair services before you leave for your trip prevents you from being stranded on the road.
Check Your Planned Route for Hazards
Today’s new mapping apps help you to plan the safest route possible. You can check the app to find out if there is any construction along the way. If you are not used to driving long distances, then this is also a great time to get familiar with the general route. Follow the map to identify if there are any things such as dirt roads that may impact your trip.
Put Together Some Loose Plans
You should always be somewhat flexible on road trips, but having a plan also helps you to avoid making hasty decisions. Start by checking the route for possible lodging options where you can plan to spend the night if you get tired driving so far. You can also identify gas stations, restaurants and tourist attractions to visit along your route. While you may not hit all of them, you’ll feel better knowing where you can take a quick rest break. It is also a good idea to prepare in case of an emergency like a car accident. Make sure you have your insurance information and the contact info of a good attorney like Oak’s Law Firm.
Road trips are always sure to lead to an adventure. Yet, it does take some prep work to make sure that you travel along your route safely. When your trip is just around the corner, check out your car and pack the right supplies. You’ll be able to enjoy your trip without having to worry about potential problems down the road.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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