Summer is almost here and what better way to spend the sunny hot days that to rev up the engine, hit the road and go on a long road trip.
Like any travel, you have to make plans and preparations in advance so you have a memorable time on the road, otherwise the whole trip can quickly turn into a nightmare. The first step is to choose a route you will drive along, the distance and ensure the car is in the best shape to handle the journey. The last thing you want is the car breaking down along an isolated highway.
Here are tips you need for a memorable road trip.
Know the route
So you have settle on a route the next step is to do your research on the route. You should know the attractions along the route, the terrain and landscape, the traffic, gas stations and other convenient stores along the way.
This will determine how much you need to pack. Driving along forest roads obviously calls for you to pack sufficient water and food to last you for the whole journey since there is little chance you will find a hotel or store along the way. The fuel should also be sufficient for a return trip.
Service the car
Take your car for service before you embark on a long road trip. This is important for your own safety as well as improving the car’s fuel efficiency. Have the mechanical components checked, the battery, and have the engine oil changed. While at it, have all the essential fluids checked too.
Do everything within your means to make the car nice and comfortable since you are going to spend hours in it. Check the car’s cooling and heating systems and have the car washed and cleaned nicely.
More importantly, get the wheels aligned before your trip to avoid uncomfortable vibrations which also cause wear and tear to your vehicle.
Put a premium on your safety especially if you are travelling alone. This starts right at the planning phase. Know the kind of dangers that lurk in the route you want to travel to. You are better off changing your route or postponing the whole trip if there are life-threatening dangers like violent protests and bandit attacks.
You should also have basic emergency items like a well-equipped first aid kit, spare tire, Jeep Parts, a flashlight and an empty jerrycan.
It is also important to remember to have your driving license with you and sign up for a travel insurance cover if you can afford it. It may seem costly at first glance but travel insurance takes care of road rescue and emergency issues during your road trip.
Have an entertainment plan
A sound entertainment plan will make the trip all the more worthwhile. Make a playlist of your favorite musicians to keep you company while you are travelling alone. Even if you are travelling in a group, it makes for a great car karaoke as you drive along.