Traveling via car is a lot of fun especially for the kids if the destination is all about them. We have traveled quite a bit outside of our our town via car. During some of these travels, we have encountered a few challenges and on other trips no hick ups whatsoever. I decided to put together a car safety check list for your convenience & knowledge that you can put to use before you hit the road this Spring break.
Car Safety Checklist Spring Edition
The first tip on the check list is, make sure your car has been recently services, this includes: oil change, transmission fluid, radiator fluid, cabin & engine air filter, & tire air pressure. Also, be prepared for any unexpected instances. Check that your portable battery charger is fully charged. Also, test your portable air pressure pump to make sure is operational.
My number two tip is, make sure that your car’s toolkit is complete and your spare tire is in good condition. The emergency gear must be updated. Your spare tire should be inflated to the manufacturer’s suggested pressure. Also make sure that it is free of any visual damages.
My number three tip is to make sure all you car’s lights are in working order, this includes: headlights, brights, taillights, brake lights, both turn signals (front and back) and all emergency lights. If any of these bulbs are burned out, head over to your local auto part store, get new ones and replace them before you head out, you never know when you will be driving at night or during a rain storm.
My number four tip is quite simple but very important. Check that your windshield’s wipers don’t smear when it rains, if they do, replace them before your road trip.
During your pre-drive check the morning of your trip, make sure to study and know your destination well, this is my number five tip. Nowadays, your phone’s map app will usually direct you well. However, you should plan an alternative route just in case of constructions areas or accidents. Write down your destination’s directions by hand, print them or bring a physical map just in case the GPS doesn’t pick up all map related roads. All the electronics you are bringing should be working, especially for the kids. Bring a few movies just in case, trust me, that will provide needed driving quiet time.
My number six tip is to expect the unexpected. You have checked all the car’s fluids, tires, lights, wipers but you cannot prepare for the unexpected. Before you hit the road make sure you have blankets for everyone riding with you. Also, bring a flashlight with extra batteries. Make sure you bring a copy of your insurance card, your car’s guarantee, and your emergency car service provider numbers. Finally, Don’t forget your first aid kit! First aid kits will always come in handy, so assure to restocked it if necessary.
Last but not least, my number seven tips is, RELAX the night before your road trip get enough rest. It is always safer to drive well rested than tired. Staying sharp is difficult if you are doing all the driving, so make sure you get enough sleep the night before, so that you are well rested. This will enable you to stay sharp all the time behind the wheel.
Follow these pre-trip tips and ensure you & your family has a smooth ride to your destination. Have a safe trip & enjoy your spring break! I would love to hear the tips you use while preparing for a road trip, so drop me a note in the comment area below.