If you are planning a road trip of some kind in the near future, you could use a quick review of some long-distance driving tips. Regardless of age or driving experience, these tips will give you the knowledge necessary to transport yourself, your passengers, and your cargo, safely and efficiently.
Whether you are moving to a new state, traveling for work, or going on vacation, long-distance driving is something you might have to do once or twice in your life. And when the occasion arises, it is important that both you and your vehicle are fully prepared to travel hundreds or thousands of miles. Below are some vital long-distance driving advice that you can use and then pass along to friends and loved ones!
☑ Vehicle Maintenance
The first thing you need to check before heading out on the road is the condition of your vehicle. It is important that your car or truck can actually make it to your destination, safely. Take your vehicle into your local auto repair shop for a routine service inspection. They will inspect your vehicle and provide all the necessary services to get it in optimal driving mode, such as bulb changes, fluid changes and refills, tire rotation and balancing, brake pad and rotor replacement, engine tune-up, and more. Once you know your car is in a safe and operational condition to drive a long distance, you can focus on the other preparations you must make for your upcoming trip.
☑ Roadside Emergency Kit
It is always a good idea to have an emergency roadside kit in your vehicle at all times. Before you leave for your road trip, be sure your kit is fully-loaded and ready to go. If you do not have a roadside emergency car kit, it is strongly encouraged to purchase one at a local home improvement or automotive parts store. You can also purchase them online. For long-distances, it is recommended to choose a deluxe or extended kit that contains several pieces of emergency equipment, such as jumper cables, car jack, blanket, water bottles, flashlight, first aid kit, medication (OTC pain medicine, allergy medicine, etc.), batteries, small tools, triangle reflectors, road flares, and more.
☑ Route Planning
Another important part of preparing for a long-distance road trip is to plan your route ahead of time. Not only does this avoid getting lost and experiencing unexpected dilemmas, it will save you loads of time and money. Plan out your entire course on a map, and add in stops for snacks, meals, restroom breaks, hotels, and more. With all of these planned out, you will always know where you are headed and what to expect when you get there. It can also save you money on fuel since you won’t waste time driving around looking for places to stop for food or bathrooms.
Part of planning out your journey should include provisions; so fill up the gas tank all the way, stock some coolers with snacks and beverages, and create a cozy interior with blankets, pillows, tablets, headphones, and anything else that will make the ride more comfortable for everyone.