Planning to hit the road for an adventure? Don’t forget these things before you go!
Tune up your car
Nothing can ruin a road trip faster than a broken car! Before hitting the road, take your car to a mechanic for a tune up. Ask the mechanic to pay special attention to brakes, fluids and wheel alignment. You may want to pick up a spare tyre as well.
Learn Basic Car Maintenance
It is highly recommended to learn some simple DIY car maintenance skills. These include checking tyre pressure, changing a tyre and adding windshield wiper fluid and oil. A few hours on Youtube or a casual chat with a mechanic can help you brush up on these quickly to ensure a safe and smooth road trip.
Get a good night’s sleep
One of the biggest reasons for car accidents is fatigue. The NHTSA attributes more than 100,000 accidents annually to drowsy drivers. Remember to take regular breaks and switch drivers every couple of hours if possible.
Pack An Emergency Kit
According to the NHTSA, your kit should include the following: water, warm blankets, flashlight, jumper cables, flares, tools to change a tyre, mobile phone, charger and first aid kit. If you have kids you may also want to consider special supplies for them such as snacks, toys, children’s Panadol and Bandaids in case of a fall.
Learn the laws
If you’re travelling across states or crossing borders, ensure you study up on the local laws. What may be legal in some states, may be illegal in others. Ignorance will seldom get you out of a ticket so it’s best to be prepared. If you’re travelling across borders into other countries, don’t forget to pack your passport!
Stay Sun Smart
Remember to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and maybe consider a sunshade for your car. When outside temperatures are high, the interiors of the car tend to get hot as well. Never leave kids or pets alone in a car, even for a few minutes as this can be deadly.
Remove Backseat Hazards
Ensure your child safety locks are activated and all choking hazards (such as small coins) are removed from the back seat. Look around for toxic substances such as cleaning chemicals as well. Strap down or remove hard objects since those may become loose in the case of a collision or sudden stop causing injury.
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