Tools and Tips - Preparing yourself for a Road Trip
Road trips are fun, exciting and a great way to unwind yourself. But, imagine going on a road trip just to have yourself stranded outside of your vehicle waving for help. That’s what poor preparation will do for you. A long road trip puts your mental and physical limits to the test, therefore it is important to make sure you and your car are ready for it.
Here’s our checklist to get you prepared for your road trip:
Get your car checked at nearest Vehpal service centers. Before you hit the road, schedule a checkup with one of our trustworthy workshops to ensure you enjoy a safe, hassle-free drive. Basic checks such as tires, wipers, lights and fluid levels can be done on your own, but it’s always a good idea to have it checked thoroughly by a professional. With our experienced mechanics, you can be assured that your car is in good hands.
Plan ahead. Plan your destinations, stay and places you’ll be visiting ahead. This way, you can work on the route for your trip, save fuel and escape traffic congestions. Planning ahead gives you an idea of what you need to do without having to make costly last minute decisions.
Be emergency ready. Always be prepared for the troubles you may encounter on the road. Make sure your car is equipped with basic tools to get you through breakdowns or flat tires. Keep emergency contacts readily available and your phones charged.
Clean your car. A dirty car is discomforting during a long drive. You may have trouble dealing with the foul smell and mess when you are stuck in your car for a long driving period. Don’t leave your receipts, junk food stains and coffee cups laying around. Clean it all up before your road trip so you feel comfortable and fresh while driving.
Stay in the coordinate. If you are going to an unfamiliar place, be equipped with a GPS or a map. Best is to have them both so if your GPS dies out, you still have your map to get you around. If you are relying on your phone, a good idea is to make sure you have a power bank to ensure the phone doesn’t run out of battery. Remember, you want to make sure the phone is working just in case you need to make emergency phone calls.
Rest well. To avoid feeling tired or sleepy, make sure to get sufficient rest before your road trip. Not having enough rest affects your concentration on the road.
Fuel up. Both the vehicle and your tummy. Fill up enough fuel in your car so you don’t have to stop for gas often while on the road. Keep your body fueled as well by constantly munching on healthy tidbits. This can prevent you from feeling tired or feeling sleepy.
Get the groove on. If you are travelling alone or with a silent bunch, get your favorite tunes on your USB/Discs or sing along with it to prevent yourself from becoming bored while driving. Boredom often leads drivers to fall asleep behind the wheels.
Stay hydrated. Drink enough water to stay hydrated throughout your trip. Make sure your car gets its water too. Check the engine coolant and make sure there’s enough liquid in it to keep the engine cooled during the road trip.
Drive safely. Remember, it is during the long holidays when most accidents happen. Stay within the speed limit and drive politely. Be aware of other reckless drivers on the road. By driving in safe speed, you have room to avoid or steer away from accident-prone situations that can be caused by reckless drivers. It’s better to be late than never.
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