Are You Road-Ready? Road Trip Safety Tips
As we head into the first full month of April, its road trip season across America. But before you set off on your next big adventure, you need to recognize that anything that can go wrong surely will. This is why it’s imperative to meticulously plan out every part of your excursion. This includes not only what you plan to do and where you stay but also several aspects of the trip itself. Here are several road trip tips from our years on the road that we want to ensure you know. First and foremost, you need to get a road trip safety check. We had one customer who was gearing up to drive to New Mexico for college. Knowing he was traveling across the country, we checked all the belts, hoses, brakes, suspension parts, and wiper blades, and we even test-drove the car to ensure he was going to be safe on his journey. When we start to do a road trip safety check, we inspect your tires for nails or any debris that could puncture the tread. After that, we check your air pressure and the tread depth. In addition, we then take the wheels off to ensure they’re properly balanced. Something like this takes only a half- hour, and you will have the peace of mind that your car is ready for anything. This safety check is standard with every service request we handle, but we encourage every one of our customers to do it before an extended drive. You don’t have to pay for it, and we don’t even think twice about it. But for simple road trip tips, I recommend monitoring your phone use. Occasionally people try to check their phone for texts and missed calls while driving. It’s best to save this for gas stops. If it’s something important, simply pull off to the side of the road to address the call or text.
dashboard. This way, you won’t be distracted and your eyes
won’t veer from the road. When using one of these map apps like Google Maps, make sure you put in your destination before leaving your house.
It’s also important to take a map with you. You never know when you will be without service, so it’s a great way to ensure you’ll never get lost. Additionally, it helps to print out all your instructions. On one trip to San Francisco, we lost service and were only able to find our way by our printed instructions. It’s also important to know where all your gas stops are. Most map apps will have these noted, but it never hurts to already have them highlighted on your written instructions. When traveling in the Midwest, I recommend keeping at least a quarter-tank of gas until you start looking for a gas station. Locally, gas stations are plentiful. But as you go farther west on the highway, you will start to see them every 40–50 miles instead of every 20 miles. Since we’re in the heart of spring, check the weather reports for every area you’re traveling through. Some areas may still be getting snow or heavy rain, so this will give you an idea of what clothes to pack and what to include in your roadside safety kit. A basic roadside safety kit should include bandages, NEOSPORIN, aspirin, flashlights, and hand warmers. And depending on the weather, some water, a few extra blankets, and tire chains are essential additions. Do you have any additional road trip tips? Let me know next time you’re in the shop! I’m always eager to learn new and fun road trip ideas.
If you use a map app, go hands-free with a Bluetooth system and a stick-on attachment for your
-Randy & Jill Bunn
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