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Dec 5, 2013

4 Things to Check Before You Go On a Roadtrip

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Referring Map For Road TripGoing on a roadtrip can be a truly memorable experience – you’re on the open road experiencing once-in-a-lifetime adventures both planned and unplanned, with the freedom to plan your own schedule and go off-route when the desire strikes. To ensure that you make it to all your planned adventures, and that your unplanned ones are pleasant instead of stressful, it is best to make sure you are properly prepared beforehand. Here are four things to check before you go on a road trip to help everything run smoothly until the very last mile.

Make Sure your Car is in Good Working Condition

The first and possibly most obvious thing you’ll want to check before a road trip is your car. Take it for an oil change and make sure that all tires, fluids, belts, and filters are checked and in good working condition. A broken down vehicle is one of the simplest ways to ruin a road trip, but fortunately it’s also often preventable. Also take note of how long your road trip is – even if you’re not quite due for an oil change yet, think about how many miles you’ll be driving and whether or not you will be stopping for an oil change during your trip.

Map Your Routes

Even with GPS it’s a good idea to map your routes beforehand. GPS can make mistakes, and a little research beforehand can help you find the best route. This doesn’t necessarily mean the fastest route either – one of the best things about a road trip is getting to see the sights along the way to your final destination, so choose a route that will get you where you need to be, but will also make the journey as enjoyable as possible.

Check For Events

Do some research into what events will be occurring along the way. Do this for a couple reasons; first, if there is an event that you would be interested in attending, you will want to plan to be in the right place at the right time and to buy tickets ahead of time, if necessary. Second, and perhaps less obviously, even events that you aren’t interested in attending can affect your road trip. Unless you are booking all of your hotels or motels ahead of time, or don’t mind sleeping in your car, you’ll want to know if there are any big events in the area that might have all of the hotels fully booked.

Check the Forecast

Inclement weather can put a real damper on an otherwise well-planned road trip. While weather can be tough to predict, if you are flexible as far as time and location of your road trip, there are certain things that can be avoided. If you’re covering a large area geographically, be sure to research weather trends for all areas – it’s easy to forget about snowstorms or hurricane season if these aren’t something you experience in your home environment.

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