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On the Road Again: How to Prepare Your Car for Your Summer Road Trip

Your summer road trip is almost here! If you’ve followed our first three tips for road trip prep last Thursday, here’s three more to make sure you’re ready to hit the road.


Start System


Have your battery/starting/charging system checked. Your battery provides electrical power to start the engine, stabilizes voltage for the charging system, and supplies additional current to the charging system. It’s always good to catch a weak battery before you get on the highway, rather than having it fail while you’re on your trip.


Emergency Kit


If our tips missed something in your vehicle, or something unforeseen happens and you find yourself in a sticky situation, having a kit with all the necessities will hold you over until help arrives. In this kit, you’ll at least want to pack some blankets, drinking water, snacks, first aid, and reflective triangles. The food and water will keep you nourished and hydrated, a first aid kit is always good to have on hand (even in the case of a minor cut or scrape), and your reflective triangles will help you pull over safely and be seen by other drivers at night. Of course, you can add and customize your emergency kit to your liking, but having the bare necessities will certainly give you peace of mind on your journey.


Clean and Organize


No one wants to take a road trip in a cluttered car. Not only that, but extra unneeded cargo adds extra weight to your vehicle and uses more gas, and getting the most out of your fuel mileage is crucial on a long trip. This will also allow you to better organize your luggage, so that everyone can sit comfortably, and if you can, keep your belongings from blocking your rear view so that you can drive as safely as possible. 


No matter where you’re going or the distance, your safety should be the priority (right next to fun). Once you’ve followed our steps to prep your vehicle for the best possible road trip, it’s time to hit the highway! Bon voyage and safe travels!

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