Going on a road trip can be an exciting, fun and educational experience. it’s a great way to pack on a well-needed adventure and the memories you make will stay with you for a lifetime. To make a good road trip, you have to be well prepared and ready for any bumps that may come along the way. There are some things to pack, and steps to take to help ensure your trip will be an adventure of a lifetime and not a nightmare on wheels.
Car Safety Measures
The next key to a successful road trip is car safety. There are things a driver can do to make sure the trip goes smoothly. Making sure the tank is full is a good start to a trip. Keep a spare gas tank in your car because you never know what can happen when traveling. The air pressure in tires is also important to keep track of. If there is an air tire pressure reader on your dashboard, keep an eye on it. it will tell you the pounds per square inch (PSI) of each tire, and you want to make sure each tire is around 32 to 35 PSI. The tires are ultimate what moves the car, and making sure they are a proper tension helps a lot in safety for getting from A to B. Doing an overall car check before you leave, and throughout your trip is very important. Make sure turn signals, and headlights are all working. Test out the windshield wipers, and see if they are in need of wiper fluid. Pop the hood and check to make sure you have a sufficient amount on oil. Always use proper gloves and or a towel when touching parts under the hood. It’s best to wait for the car to cool down. Stock up on useful tools for your ride just in case there is an emergency; spare tire, road maps, snow scraper, first aid kit, water bottles, blankets, and road flares.
Right Coverage Plan
Before you hit the open road the first step you will want to take is to make sure your car is properly insured. Even if you are a perfect driver, it doesn’t mean others on the road are. When your car has the coverage of a comprehensive car insurance, it can ensure you that if there is an accident, big or small; your car will have the needed protection, and you won’t be shelling out hundreds or thousands just to keep on moving. Nothing can make a trip go more wrong than going into debt, from car repairs, (both yours and the other car) before you even cross the state border. Insurance is also required by law, thus making the need for car insurance even greater. Do your research and make sure you’re getting the best protection for your vehicle. Some insurances also have roadside protection included. A tow truck will come to your service if your car breaks down, gets a flat tire, or you run out of gas in the middle of nowhere.
Now, for the fun part, or for some, the dreaded part; packing for your trip. Depending on where you’re driving and, or headed, you want to make sure you pack all the adequate materials. Using tools to quickly determine distances can be helpful. If you’re travelling through warm climates it’s best to make sure you pack sunscreen and hats to block the sun. It’s most ideal to pack shorts and short sleeve shirts for a hot, summer trip, so you can keep cool. It’s wise to still pack a light jacket, in case nights are cooler, or a passenger in the car like to blast the A.C. If your heading somewhere cold, it’s best to pack lots of warm clothes, as well as winter outdoor gear; coats, gloves, hats and winter boots. Remember whatever the climate, the sun is still shining, so it’s still wise to pack sunscreen. After you have all of your favourite outfits packed, you’ll need the proper toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, face lotion, makeup and whatever you use for a normal morning and evening bathroom routine, can be put into a smaller travel size bag. Using a toiletry bag will help for the organization and less stress. You don’t want to rummage through your entire suitcase just to find your favourite perfume to cologne. If you will be travelling with a baby or kid, then making sure their bags are well properly packed will help ensure a smoother, more relaxed trip. An ample amount of diapers are necessary to maintain a pleasant odour throughout the trip. It’s all in the preparation when it comes to a good road trip. The same goes with if you’re travelling with a furry friend. make sure they have their own bag packed with food, treats, water and food bowls, and toys.
The Fun Elements
The last tip for a successful road trip is having fun. The journey is the destination after all. So make sure you have some good proper road trip music available. It’s also a good idea to keep some good snacks in the car, as a car full of “hangry” passengers could result in nasty fights and attitudes. Bring some good reading material such as books and magazines for entertainment purposes. Brainstorm some fun road trip games, such as “the singing game”: one passenger starts with a lyric to a song, then the next passenger connects the lyric with another lyric to a different song. Whoever can’t continue to flow, losses. If you’re travelling with kids, there are a ton of games to play with kids. The classic game where one passenger picks a colour and the other passenger has to guess what they are looking at outside. Other games for kids to play include, colouring books, books, dolls, play dough and more. Get creative with the activities during a road trip, and don’t forget to take in all the new views and fresh air.