If you are venturing out on a long road trip this summer, the success of the adventure highly relies on the cooperation and dependability of your vehicle. As you will be driving long distances at high speeds with a fully loaded trunk, your car or truck will be working overtime. Here are some tips to keep you and your vehicle safe this road trip season.
Before you hit the road, let’s make sure your vehicle is running at its best. Have the vehicle inspected by a certified technician, ensuring:
- Your fluids are at the right levels, and your engine oil is good for the trip
- The Air Conditioning system is fully operational
- The Braking System is in good shape and your brake pads and rotors are not worn out
- All the interior and exterior lights are working
- The Tire Pressures are set correctly, and there is still sufficient tread left on the tires
- The Spare Tire is fully inflated and the tool kit is properly equipped (there’s no worse feeling then having a flat tire and not having the right tools to install a new tire)
- Pack Right
One of the advantages of driving in your own car compared to flying is there’s no additional charge for baggage. However, if you are travelling with a group, pack smart so there is room for everyone and their stuff. And if you are driving with kids, make sure the tablet is loaded with content to keep them entertained, and some snacks couldn’t hurt either. And don’t forget the mobile phone chargers and tablet chargers!
- Roadside Assistance Coverage
Even with the best planning and vehicle maintenance, things can go wrong. Unfortunately situations like flat tires, dead batteries, and other mechanical mishaps will cause a disruption on a road trip. But what’s worse is being stranded on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, not knowing whom to call for help, and how much you should pay for assistance.
Most new cars come with built in Roadside Assistance for some coverage period, however if your vehicle no longer has that coverage, you are best to subscribe for your own Roadside Assistance coverage. Most plans will cover basic mishaps (fuel delivery, flat tire replacement, dead batteries, towing), and with these programs, you know whom to call, and the service is usually free as part of the program.