Going on a road trip with a few close friends can be a really exciting way to spend your holidays. In the present discourse, you will find some valuable tips that have to be considered, for ensuring that your road trip remains completely hassle-free.
Road trip can be impromptu and spontaneous. However, road trips offer the maximum enjoyment, when adequate planning is done beforehand. Here are a few handy points that you should keep in mind while planning for a road trip:
Check your car – This is probably the most important task. Carry out a thorough inspection of your car to make sure that it is in proper working order. You can do this in three steps:
Starting from the tyres, to the tread depth and side walls, check each and every area carefully. Take the help of the car’s manual to understand the right levels of tyre-inflation and pressure.
If required, you can go for a change in the fuel system. Installing an oil filter is also a great idea. In addition to this, the brake fluid and the transmission fluid should also be at their correct levels.
The air conditioning system should be looked into, and, if required, the cabin air filter has to be changed. Make sure that there is no scraping sound when you are applying the brakes. It should be rusty either. There should not have any burning smell being emitted from the braking system.
Cleaning the car should be done after the vehicle is inspected thoroughly. Remove all unnecessary items from the car to create more space.
Paperwork – Many times, travellers forget to carry the necessary car documents and travel licenses, and thus fall into unforeseen and time-consuming problems. To avoid this, ensure that the registration and insurance cards, and other such important documents, are present with you.
Road map – A road trip cannot be a smooth affair without a road map. In case of any confusion, a road map can easily be referred to. This will help you in navigating easily and correctly.
Regular breakpoints – Continuous travel/drive will not only make you tired but also take away much of the fun element of the trip. Therefore, plan your stops in advance to get refreshed properly. Moreover, you can also explore interesting sights and tourist spots at the places where you halt.
Food and water arrangement – Keep enough provisions for food and water throughout the trip.
Music – This is what which will set the ambience for you to enjoy with your companions. A smooth drive with good music cannot fail to make the time really memorable. Thus, do bring along a collection of your favourite tunes/numbers.
Be awake – Dozing off while driving is a strict no-no, purely for safety reasons. If you happen to feel tired, ask your family member or friend to drive. Driving in turns is, in fact, the best idea.
Emergency kit – Since you are travelling on road, carry an emergency kit with you, containing basic medicines, money/credit cards, car repair guides, spare tyre(s), cell phone chargers and an emergency contact list. You should also carry candles, gloves, comfortable shoes and blankets on your journey.