How To Prepare For A Road Trip

How to Prepare For a Road Trip

Embarking on a long road trip can be an exciting adventure, but it's important to be prepared. Whether you're traveling for leisure or business, there are several ways you can plan ahead to ensure a smooth trip. At Hunter Volvo Cars, we want our customers to experience a great driving experience wherever the road may take them. That's why we've created the following list to help you prepare for any road trip.

How to Prepare Your Car

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1. Have a mechanic look over your car.

One of the best ways to avoid mishaps on the road is to have a mechanic check your car before you leave. A multi-point inspection allows you to drive with extra confidence and peace of mind. Make sure the mechanic checks your brakes, especially if you'll be driving through any mountains or twisting roads.

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2. Inspect your tires.

Another important way to prepare for a road trip is to make sure your tires have plenty of traction. Not only do good tires ensure a smooth ride on the interstate, but they are also important for stopping power if you need to brake to avoid an accident or stop for a pedestrian. If you're uncertain about the condition of your tires, have your service department double-check them.

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3. Don't overload your vehicle.

If you're traveling by yourself or with just one passenger, overloading your car likely won't be an issue. But if you're traveling with multiple passengers, overloading may become a problem. Make sure that you can still see out of your rear view window and that nothing obstructs your ability to drive. In addition, make sure that your vehicle isn't too heavy because a weighed-down vehicle will not handle as well and will be much more sluggish on the road. This may cause problems on the interstate when changing lanes or merging.

How To Prepare Yourself

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1. Charge your devices.

Even if your car has chargers, it's always a good plan to charge phones and devices before you leave. For phones, the battery can drain quickly if it's constantly searching for a signal, especially if you're traveling through areas with spotty coverage. Data usage also tends to drain a phone's battery at a quicker rate.

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2. Bring plenty of supplies.

In addition to your luggage, it's important to pack extra supplies for the road. This could include items like flashlights, water and jackets during cold seasons. It's crucial to always keep a first aid kit and tool kit in your vehicle, even if you're not driving far.

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3. Bring snacks and coffee.

If you don't drink coffee, bring a substitute to keep yourself awake. It can be easy to doze off at the wheel, especially during long, uneventful drives, which endangers you, your passengers and other drivers. At the very least, make sure that you get a good night's sleep the night before your trip.

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4. Bring a GPS.

If you don't have a GPS, designate a passenger to help navigate on their phone or with a map. It's always a smart idea to look at a map before leaving, in case your GPS loses signal or malfunctions. Even if you're a trailblazer who doesn't like to use a GPS, it's best to bring one anyway -- just in case you take a wrong turn somewhere along the way.

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5. Stay safe.

Above all, remember that no destination is as important as the lives of you, your passengers and other drivers on the road. No text is worth answering while you're behind the wheel, and no destination is worth speeding to. If you're a passenger, help keep whoever is driving accountable.

For more tips on how to prepare for your next road trip, or if you want to get your vehicle inspected before you leave, come see us at Hunter Volvo Cars in Hendersonville, NC, at 2520 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791. We look forward to serving our customers from Asheville, Canton and Greenville.