How to Prepare Your Car
Have a mechanic look over your car.
One of the first steps you can take to avoid any mishaps on the road is to take your car in for a mechanic to examine. A multi-point inspection allows you to drive with more peace of mind. You'll also want the mechanic to check your brakes, especially if you'll be driving on any mountains or twisting roads.
Inspect your tires.
One of the most important things to check for before embarking on your journey is your tires' traction. Not only do good tires help keep your ride on the interstate smoother, but they can ensure you have enough stopping power should you need to avoid an accident or stop for a pedestrian. If you're not sure about your tires, it's best to have your service department check them.
Don't overload your vehicle.
If you're traveling solo, or with just one other person, it's fairly unlikely that you'll max-out your car's load. However, if you're traveling with a family or several friends, overloading can be more of an issue. It's important that you can see out of your rear view window and that nothing obstructs your ability to drive, but also that your vehicle isn't too weighed down. A weighed-down vehicle will not handle as well and will be much more sluggish on the road, which can cause problems on the interstate when it comes to changing lanes and merging.
How To Prepare Yourself
Charge your devices.
Even if you have car chargers, it's best to make sure your phone or device has a full charge. For phones, especially if you're going through areas with patchy coverage, the battery can run down quickly if it's constantly searching for signal. Data usage also tends to use a phone's battery at a fast pace.
Bring plenty of supplies.
In addition to luggage, it's important to have extra supplies specifically for the road trip. This could include items such as flashlights, extra water and spare jackets during cold seasons. It's also important that you always have a first aid kit and tool kit in your vehicle at all times, even if you're not on a long road trip.
Bring snacks and coffee.
If you don't drink coffee, bring something to help yourself stay awake. Particularly during long, uneventful drives, it can be easy to dose off at the wheel, which endangers you, your passengers and other drivers. At the very least, try to get a good night's sleep the night before leaving.
Bring a GPS.
If you don't have a GPS, get a passenger to navigate for you on their phone or with a map. It's best to glance at a map before leaving, in case your GPS loses signal or malfunctions. And if you're a trailblazer who doesn't need the help of a GPS, it's best to bring one along anyway in case you take a wrong turn somewhere down the road or come across a road closure.
The main thing to remember is that no destination is as important as the lives of you, your passengers and the other drivers on the road. No text is worth answering when you're behind the wheel, and no destination is worth speeding to get to. If you're not the one driving, help keep whoever is accountable.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to prepare your vehicle for your next trip, or want to get it checked beforehand, come see us at John Roberts Toyota in Manchester, TN, at 2610 Hillsboro Blvd Manchester, TN 37355. We look forward to serving our customers from Murfreesboro, Shelbyville and Middle Tennessee!