If an epic road trip is in your future, and you’re looking forward to hitting the open road for adventures, a little planning ahead can make all the difference between great memories and catastrophe. Way before you start packing, start preparing with the first item on your to do list being your car’s health.
Check out the resources at Cars.com for tips on preparing your car for road travel. You can also find a local mechanic on the site that can give your vehicle a thorough inspection before you leave. The last thing you want is to end up on the side of the road with some mechanical problem that could have been completely preventable. You should have a mechanic check the status of your tire tread, brakes, fluid levels, transmission, battery and more. You’ll have a little piece of mind knowing that your car is in the best shape possible for hitting the open road.
Before you leave, you should also gather the necessary documents you need just in case you still find yourself having car trouble. If your car insurance policy includes roadside services, be sure to bring along any toll free number or other information used for those services. Also make sure you have your most current proof of insurance card and car registration. If you’re a member of AAA or another travel organization, be sure to have that information with you as well. If you do find yourself stranded in a place you don’t know, the Cars.com service center locator can help you find a reputable mechanic anywhere.
You should also consider packing a small survival kit that could be helpful for the worst case scenario of finding yourself stranded on the side of the road with no help in site. Pack non perishable food items, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares, first aid items, small tools, water and any other helpful items you can think of. A little preparation goes a long way. And, if you find yourself stranded, you’ll be glad you thought ahead.