Preparation beforehand can make the difference between a smooth car trip and a journey that gets interrupted because of an unexpected mishap. Here follows a check list before setting out on the road.
Make sure you have a GPS system. Modern technology has allowed one to avoid the embarrassment of asking for directions. People used to navigate the highways without GPS. Now no one can understand how they did without.
Use a roadside assistance service, such as AAA. If you happen to be on the side of the road because of an accident or breakdown, this could be a lifesaver. Such services will also provide maps, a good backup for the GPS, and information on amenities along your route, such as rest stops, motels, and restaurants.
Check your tires, and make sure that the treads are not worn and that they have been aligned and rotated. A blown tire that has to be changed can be aggravating, to say the least.
Have your garage check your car. Auto repair shops will do an inspection of your vehicle. A worn belt or a leaky hose, for example, could ruin your car trip, so detecting and fixing problems beforehand is a good idea.
Have a hands-free cell phone installed. Talking or texting is not a good idea behind the wheel, as a rule, but a hands-free system will allow you to communicate with the outside world in case of an emergency.
Have a store of provisions packed in the car, including bottled water and snacks, such as protein bars. That way, you can stave off thirst or hunger without having to pull into an eatery. A first-aid kit is a good idea, as well.
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