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Preparing Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

By: Milstead Automotive | Published 05/31/2022

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Before hitting the open road, you should consider getting your car ready for the trip ahead. Unfortunate breakdowns and mishaps can happen at any time, and it is best to be prepared. Your vehicle must be in optimal working condition, and you should have some necessary routine maintenance performed before you and any companions head out on an adventure. 

If you want to enjoy your trip, make sure that your vehicle is as prepared as your soul. You don’t want your car to leave you stranded miles outside the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, we are here to offer you some advice on what to keep in your vehicle for your road trip. Follow these guidelines and hit the road with confidence, knowing that if something does happen, you are prepared. 
 
Important Items to Keep in Your Car for Road Trips
 
Essential Documents: Make sure you have your owner’s manual, license, insurance information, and other necessary documentation. Store these in a safe place and keep them there, like in the glove compartment, for example.
 
Emergency Items: You need to be prepared in case of an emergency. Always keep items like chargers, flashlights, a gas can with backup fuel, a first aid kit, water, and non-perishable snacks in your vehicle. These items should be a part of your road trip packing list. These items will come in handy if anything goes wrong, causing you to break down.
 
Car Repair Necessities: Having a roadside emergency kit is a great idea. These kits usually contain car repair essentials such as jumper cables, tire sealer/inflator, light sticks, reflective vest, warning triangle, tire pressure gauge, tools, etc. Also, be sure to keep a well-maintained spare tire in your trunk in case of a blowout. 
 
Once you’ve got yourself set up with these important items, it’s time to enjoy your trip with peace of mind! Being safe on the road is a priority. Create a pre-road-trip checklist to ensure that you have these handy items. Before heading out, we highly recommend visiting your auto repair shop and having your vehicle inspected. Tires, car batteries, brakes, air conditioning, and heating are a few components that will need an inspection. Driving a safe and well-equipped vehicle will help you have a safer and more enjoyable road trip that’s memorable for the right reasons.

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