What Should You Prepare for the Road Trip?

An unforgettable road trip requires plenty of preparation, so what do you need to do?

Get your car ready for the trip

  • Stereo system – You will spend lots of time on driving, which easily get tired and bored, then how you keep yourself awake and engaged? Installing a multifunctional touch screen Android radio is best. You can listen to music, apply Carplay, use navigation, connect backup camera and so on, to have fun and keep safe drive.
  • Tires – Check your tires for wear and tear. If needed, go ahead and replace them before your trip. And get tires to match the conditions. If you’re going to be staying mostly on the highway, then a pair of highway tires will be the quietest and get you the best mileage. If you’re going to be spending some time on dirt roads, then I’d recommend all-terrain tires, which will offer significantly better traction.
  • Engine and brakes – Check the health of your engine, your brakes, and your heating and cooling system.
  • Lights – Check all your lights and replace any that appear to be dim or dying.
  • Wiper blades – If your wiper blades are looking a bit ragged, don’t wait to replace them. You’ll thank yourself when the weather turns ugly.
  • Battery – Check the health of your battery. Replace if needed.
  • Wiper fluid – For winter trips, make sure that you have wiper fluid rated to -40 degrees F (-40 C).
  • Motor oil – If you’re going to be traveling through cold places, consider getting an oil change. And if you do, ask for a more winter-friendly oil (motor oils are rated by their viscosity levels at different temperatures) that still works with your specific engine. You may need to refer to your owner’s manual.

Must things to pack for your trip

Whenever you plan to go for a road trip, there are always good to have these things in your vehicle.

  • Flashlights – Have at least two in your car, and do yourself a favor: Make one of them a headlamp.
  • Food and water – If you get stuck in the snow, you will likely need some calories to sustain you. Look for non-perishable items that also won’t freeze into a brick. Because water most certainly will freeze into a brick, I’d recommend keeping spare bottles in the car instead of in the trunk.
  • Road flares – If you end up with a dead car on the side of the road in the middle of a storm, you want your car to be as visible as humanly possible so a driver (or a snow plow) doesn’t hit you. Road flares are cheap and highly visible. Use ‘em!
  • Jumper cables – Having one set of these can save you a lot of time waiting for a tow truck.
  • First aid kit – This is something you should always keep in your car in case of a minor accident.
  • Car charger and portable USB power pack – You likely already have some way to charge your phone in your car. If you don’t, get one. Additionally, carry a portable USB power pack to charge your phone and other gadgets should your car’s electrical system go out.
  • Spare batteries – For anything that takes batteries (flashlights, your car’s key fob, etc.).
  • Multitool – In addition to the tools you hopefully have for maintaining your car (a cheap socket set, a jack, a tire iron, etc.), it’s good to have a multitool for working on smaller things. It can be helpful for cooking, repairs, and even medical work.
  • Blankets and warm clothes – Got an old, heavy winter jacket that’s too ugly to wear in public? Keep it in the trunk! Add some warm gloves and a rain poncho as well.

How to Keep Comfortable Drive?

As far as i am concerned, a comfortable drive means fun and safe. So what should we do?

Best way to add fun to the drive

Install the touch screen car radio system

If you still use the standard radio which only comes few functions, we highly advise you to get a touch screen radio head unit to replace it. On one hand, touch screen radio is super easy to use and fast to response. On the other hand, it’s multifunctional, providing various useful functions such as FM/AM radio, Bluetooth music, HD video, Carplay etc. With such radio, your drive will never be boring.

Address your vehicle’s small irritations

It’s always going to be difficult to enjoy the driving process, or feel that it is anything other than a chore, if there are all sorts of small problems with your vehicle that you have to put up with each time you go for a drive. For example, your air conditioning or heating systems aren’t working properly. Or your vehicle suspension isn’t up to scratch. While these sorts of issues may seem “small,” getting them addressed, and getting your vehicle upfitted and improved, can radically enhance your overall sense of well-being and reduce a lot of the stress that might otherwise be present in your driving experience.

Consider bringing audiobooks along for the drive

If you frequently have to go on long drives, but find the process dull and frustrating, bringing audiobooks along for the drive might help to really add a bit of life, entertainment and even excitement to the process. This way, you can avoid feeling as though you are just totally “wasting your time,” and you can also, simultaneously, have a bit of fun and enrich your imagination at the same time.

Tips to keep driving safety

1. Check the condition of the vehicle and go on the road without hidden dangers.

2. Fasten your seat belt and improve your safety awareness.

3. Do not drive with fatigue and do not play with mobile phones while driving.

4. Do not drink and drive.

5. When driving in bad weather, pay attention to road conditions.

6. If the vehicle encounters a situation on the road, it must be handled correctly.

7. Pay attention to traffic regulations and don’t compete for time.

8. On the way of driving, do not overcrowd, do not speed, and do not overload.