Pity the poor old map book, once the star read of every road trip, now supplanted by the sat nav system. Motoring still retains it’s feel of adventure no matter how hi tech our cars have become. Before you embark on your next road trip make sure that your are prepared for every eventuality. Even star luxury cars break down. Your trusty motor is not immune to having a hiccup or two. This rarely happens on suburban streets, next to a garage, or during working hours. It’s better to be prepared.
Service all the way
You expect a lot from your car. You get in and it goes. It’s a simple relationship. But like all relationships it takes work. You’re probably not the sort of car owner who likes to spend the weekend in a specially dug car pit underneath your car. Mechanics at auto repair can be a real lifesaver. Ensuring your car is serviced and looked after means you’ll have a smooth and reliable car. Any likely problems will be easily diagnosed ahead of times.
Regardless of the service, always check your tyre pressures before the start of a trip. It makes sense to check on your spare tyre too. If you don’t know where this is, it is the perfect time to find out! Make sure you have the wheel jack as well.
It may not be you, but it might be. Have jump leads in the boot of your car at all times. If you are not sure what they are for, have them anyway. It can make the difference between a flat battery letting you down, or making the journey home.
Torch and light
You’ve probably got an app in your phone, but just in case, pack a good wind up torch in your car and carry it everywhere. A good quality road torch can double as a hazard warning light. This will help other traffic avoid you in the event of you breaking down in an awkward place.
Winter gear worth having
This will depend on the terrain and the season. Some drivers carry snow chains. You should at least carry a shovel – a small collapsable one will do, and a good thick blanket for emergencies. It also makes sense to have a medical first aid kit to hand. Yes, you can be that person! Keep your wellies in the trunk. You may not be able to drive with them, but they’ll keep your feet dry on the tramp to the petrol station.
Food and Drink
It seems strange to admit it but we are rarely too far from a take-away these days. But still it is good practice to at least have water with you. Get used to carrying a litre. It can be handy to top up the radiator on a hot day. In a steaming traffic jam, you’ll always have a drink.
Pen and paper
Well just in case really. These are useful for writing things down. A bit old school perhaps, along with a bag of toffees and a map book. Ensure you are prepared for everything the road can throw at you and have a great trip! Pass the toffees will you?