I love the open road; there is nothing like it. I can drive for hours and hours at a time. I’ve driven cross-country twice and have visited almost all 50-states. Depending on the distance and length of time for my trip, I typically like to rent a car. I’d rather run up miles on a rental then my own vehicle, and I don’t have to worry about getting my car serviced before a trip. But on the occasion that calls for me to use my vehicle, I use the tips below to ensure safe travel on the road before I leave home.
- Car Maintenance: Make sure you check your overall car maintenance to avoid a vehicle breakdown. Check your fluids including engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Also, check the windshield wipers, belts, and hoses. For your tires, check the tread and air pressure; both of which can be found in your car’s owner manual. Make sure you have a spare tire in your trunk. You can always visit your personal mechanic or local auto shop for a tune-up.
- Car Trouble: If you do have a little car trouble, make sure you have a way to get your car serviced on the spot or towed to the nearest shop. There are cool apps like iCarriage and Honk. iCarriage is a national 24-hour roadside and mobile mechanic service. The app is easy to navigate and offers upfront costs, cashless system, cheaper prices, and access to the nearest technician in your area. Honk gives one tap towing, tire change, jump start, lockout, or fuel service. It’s affordable, and no membership is necessary. Of course, AAA, Allstate roadside assistance, along with other major car insurance motor clubs offer similar services. No matter what you decide, make sure you’re covered before you hit the highway just in case.
- Document Update: Make sure you update all of your important information ahead of time if necessary. You never know when you’ll need them. Your insurance card, car registration, roadside assistance card and, of course, your driver’s license.
- Cash: You never know when you’ll need cash. Toll roads aren’t all electronic just yet so, make sure you have cash for toll roads, parking, and even parking meters.
- Time: If you have to be at your destination by a certain time make sure you allow plenty of time just in case you run into traffic. When driving through most cities be prepared for morning and evening commuter traffic. During the holidays, double the extra time. Waze app is perfect for avoiding traffic and providing alternate routes, police alerts, accidents, gas prices, and you can warn other drivers of everything! It’s really cool, and can save you on time.
Road trips can be so much fun. But, make sure you’ve taken the necessary steps to remain worry free as you travel. Happy Road Trippin!