The best things in life are free- and nothing spells freedom quite like a bad-ass road trip with your friends or family. Getting away from the mundane routine of your daily life, the stresses that you are faced with day and night, and being able to feel a sense of excitement and adventure from time to time is crucial for your mental and physical well being. There’s nothing easier or more invigorating than getting into your car and driving for hours or days, connecting with people and with nature in a different way. However, in order to ensure that the trip goes smoothly without any unnecessary hiccups, it’s important to be prepared and have your car checked for a couple of things beforehand.
Draw out a rough plan
Of course, there’s nothing more badass than being spontaneous, but when it comes to taking a road trip, it’s advisable to be spontaneous but with at least a vague plan! This is in terms of the destination and possibly how many stops you will be willing to make, just so you can make sure that your car is prepared for the mileage. The best way to do this is to have a map on hand so that you are also aware of all the petrol stations and mechanics that are on the way in case you run into any problems.
Have your car checked
The worst things that could happen on a road trip is have your car break down or have any kind of issues in the middle of nowhere- that is the ultimate nightmare. That’s why you need to have your car serviced and checked to make sure that the water, oil and engine are all in top form. If you don’t know much about what needs to be taken care of, make sure that you keep this checklist close by to make sure all is well:
Have the brakes tested
Check the oil
Air pressure in all tires, including the spare
Check that all lights are working well
Make sure that the AC is working well
Check the car battery
Prepare for the worst
Even though this is supposed to be a leisurely experience, we cannot ignore the possibility of something going wrong. This is why it is always wise to be prepared for any possible scenario, should there be a situation. Before going on a road trip, people need to check their tires to make sure they are in good condition. They also need to make sure they have a car jack in case of a flat. This is why it’s important to check for a car jack in your car, and if you don’t have one, make sure that you invest in one that is easy to use. It also helps to have cones to place around the car in case you break down or even if you want to take a 5 minute break. It is just as important to have a car mobile phone charger as well as a couple of power banks so that your phone is charged at all times in case you need to make a call for help.
There’s nothing quite as memorable as a road trip, and nothing makes a road trip smooth sailing like covering all your ground when it comes to checking your car and preparing it for the long drive ahead. If you’re travelling in hot weather, keep extra bottles of water in case you need to cool the engine down. Always have the water, battery, engine, oil and tires checked at every possible opportunity, and most importantly, let your hair down and live a little!