10 Things to do before taking a Road Trip during the Holidays

  1. Make sure all of the belts on your vehicle don’t have cracks or a tear in them.
  2. Check all fluids to make sure they are topped off and ready to go.
  3. Check interior/exterior lights to make sure they are all working properly.  Having some spare lights would be a good idea.
  4. Check tire pressure and make sure they are inflated properly and also check the spare tire too; it might come in handy if you get a flat.
  5. Check your brake rotors and brake pads to see if they need to be replace.
  6. Make sure you have a GPA system or a map so that you can figure out which routes you should take.
  7. Pack a medical emergency kit in your vehicle because they do come in handy when there is no clinics around.
  8. Bring your car charger and ear piece with you. If you don’t have a car charger, I suggest you get one because on a long road trip, who knows when your battery might run low.
  9. Purchase a portable battery jumper cables, those come in handy when you’re stranded on a long stretch highway without no one around to help you jump start your car.
  10. Make sure you carry your up to date driver license and insurance policy card.

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One Response to 10 Things to do before taking a Road Trip during the Holidays

  1. Tek December 19, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    All of those are very handy tips. Especially, the phone car charger. Seen to many horror movies either where there’s no signal but even worse when the phone runs out of battery.

    Another thing I would add is getting ‘AAA’ membership service. If you don’t already have roadside service, ‘AAA’ inexpensive and a lot cheaper than having a one time tow service. They have family membership deals and numerous roadside assistance, such as if your car run out of gas. Go to http://www.aaa.com

    One more thing I would add, is have an extra liter of engine oil. You shouldn’t drive the car if it had leaks, but on the safe side bring a bottle of oil.

    Happy holidays and have a safe & fun trip for those who are heading out of town.

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