Summer is coming, and you know what that means: soon, we’re all going to be basking in all the delights of the great outdoors. For many, that’ll mean packing up the vehicle with supplies, hitting the road, and enjoying an epic road trip, one that’s full of delights and adventure. In order to get the most out of your trip, however, you’ll need to ensure that your car is in tip-top condition. Below, we take a look at five tips that’ll ensure your road trip is nothing but fun, fun, fun.
Get it clean
Your car is going to pick up a lot of dirt along the way, so make sure you start from a state of complete perfection! Spend an hour getting your car spotless, and you’ll be thankful for it when you’re on the road. And this means giving it a deep clean; make sure all those crumbs are picked up from the inside, and that there’s not a spot of dirt on the outside. It’ll make your car more enjoyable to be in, which is imperative when you’re driving for hours on end.
Take care of any small issues
You’re about to put your car through its paces; will it be able to handle everything you throw at it? Maybe, maybe not; but you’ll be giving it a much better chance if it doesn’t have any problems before you set off. If you’re concerned about any problems it may have, have it looked over by an auto repair expert. You’ll feel much more confident if you’re setting off knowing that your car doesn’t have any issues with it. When you’re planning on driving hundreds of miles each day, you don’t want to take any chances.
Know your terrain
While there’s going to be elements of spontaneity on your road trip, you should have a general idea about the terrain you’re likely to be covering. If you’re going camping, for example, then you might be navigating more dirt roads and mountains than usual. If you’re city hopping, then you’ll be stopping and starting much more than if you were in the barren American west. Know the terrain over which you’ll be driving, and you’ll be in a better position to prepare for your journey and add anything extra to your car that you might need.
Don’t overload the car
You’re going to need things with you, of course, but avoid the temptation to overpack your vehicle. You’ll only end up using small amounts of what you take anyway, and you’ll soon come to appreciate that it would be better to have additional space rather than all those extra clothes. A lighter car will help you get better MPG, too, which can keep the costs of your journey down.
Plan for things to go wrong
You never know what will happen, so make sure you have an emergency kit in your car. It might just be a lifesaver should you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation. Don’t take the chance; have one with you!