A few weeks ago when my car died while I was driving, I didn't really know how to handle the situation. After things went south, I pulled over as quickly as I could to wait for the tow truck driver. Unfortunately, my car was basically sitting in the middle of a busy intersection, which made it really hard for my tow truck driver to do his job. After police closed off the intersection, I was finally able to have my car towed to a shop. On my website, you might learn how to follow basic emergency protocol so that you can stay safe and expedite repairs.
Summer is here, and it's time for road trips. If you have a road trip planned, you need to make sure you're well prepared for anything that can go wrong. Here's a list of preparations to make before your trip:
1. Take your car in for a tuneup.
It is essential that your car is fully prepared for the trip. Let the mechanic know that you're going on a long trip so they know to do a more thorough inspection. Make sure your tires, belts, fluids, and brake system are part of the maintenance. Mechanics can't guarantee a part won't break on your trip, but they can make sure your car is in the best possible condition.
2. Make sure you have a spare tire.
Make sure there is a spare tire in your trunk, along with a jack and a toolbox. You may also want to practice changing your car's tires at least once before leaving on your trip. Doing this can save you money on towing services or an emergency tire fee.
3. Get emergency service insurance.
Make sure you have insurance that covers emergency services before leaving. Even if you know how to change a flat tire, your transmission can go or a belt can snap while you're on the road. This type of insurance typically covers emergency towing, locksmith services, dead batteries, and gas delivery. You can generally use any local towing company, like Big D Towing, and then request reimbursement from your insurance company.
4. Clean your car.
Nothing's worse than driving for eight hours smelling crumbs from your last road trip. Vacuum your car thoroughly, making sure you clean under the seats and mats. Spray down the mats and use a fabric refresher on the upholstery. Use car wipes to wipe down your dashboard. You'd be surprised how much having a fresh, clean car can make your trip that much more enjoyable.
5. Bring a kit.
Bring a kit with emergency supplies including jumper cables, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. Make sure your kit includes snacks, water, and cash. You never know when you'll get out in the middle of nowhere and need to use cash or not be able to find a convenience store. The kit should also include extra chargers for your cell phone and GPS.
6. Buy GPS.
Yes, most cell phones have GPS now. But you're going to need the phone's battery in case you need to make a call. Buy a separate GPS device for your car. With GPS, you can plan your entire route. Not only can you plan your route, you can use GPS to avoid as many tolls as possible, or tell it to take you on a route that only uses main highways. You can also program it to take you on the scenic routes. A GPS can also help you avoid traffic congestion.
These are six items you should check off your list before taking your road trip.