Preparing for a Road Trip

Preparing for a Road Trip

If you are planning a road trip in your 2017 Lincoln MKC car you want to be certain you have everything you need to be comfortable as well as to stay safe. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your next road trip.

  • Mechanic: Book an appointment with your mechanic and have a thorough check of your car. You want to be certain there aren’t any obvious problems so you do not experience any breakdowns. You also want them to check your tires and maybe arrange for a tire rotation for best balance.
  • Tires: If your car is relatively new and you are pretty certain it is in good condition then you want to be certain you at least have your tires checked. You want to make sure the pressure is correct using your driving manual as a guide and then check the condition of your spare.
  • Route: With today’s GPS technology maps are becoming a thing of the past. However that doesn’t mean you don’t want to take the time to figure out a route. Although some road trips are designed without a plan in mind, if you have specific destinations and reservations along the way it is a good idea to map out the best route. Consider anything of note you might want to visit along the way from historical sites to beautiful views and charming towns to a bar or restaurant you have always wanted to try.
  • Clothing: Consider the time of year and where you will be traveling in order to be dressed appropriately. You don’t want to be too hot or too cold and also want to be certain you have what you need to be safe and comfortable should an accident or breakdown occur. Wear comfortable, practical shoes while driving and be sure you have a good pair of sunglasses to fight the glare while driving during the day.
  • Water: If driving for prolonged amounts of time it is important to stay hydrated, especially in the summer. Although you don’t want to have to make too many pit stops to use the loo you do want to stay alert and avoid getting dehydrated. You can also keep some snacks within reach. Just remember when eating and drinking it is easier to get distracted.
  • Insurance: Make sure you have the proper paperwork in your car and that your insurance is up to date just to be safe.
  • Budget: Pay attention to fuel costs as your trip approaches and get a good idea of how much your trip is going to cost. It is easy to under estimate fuel costs when traveling for long distances.

It is nice to think about traveling carefree and without a schedule when on holiday but you don’t want to be caught tired without somewhere to stay for the night. Make sure you have reservations along the way to help you get much needed sleep and keep you on track to reach your final destination. This will make your road trip safe, fun and memorable.

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