Summer is the season of road trips. If you’re embarking on a road trip adventure this summer, there a few important things to keep in mind. First of all, when it comes to safety, people tend to be more wary of driving in the winter than in the summer. That’s a by-product of all that snow and ice, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t dangers on summer roads too. It’s important to treat the road with respect year round, as summer driving brings its own challenges. Whether your road tripping in spring, summer, fall or winter, a pre-trip maintenance onceover is a necessity. Yes, even on newer vehicles.
When it comes to being out on the open road, there are a few things that you should keep in your vehicle at all times, and we’ve compiled a helpful little list to help you out…
Comfortable Walking Shoes – if you breakdown on a remote stretch of road where cell service is but a distant dream, you may be in for a fairly long walk. Therefore, it’s probably sensible to keep a pair of comfortable walking shoes in your car.
Plenty of Water – see above. In the summer heat, keeping hydrated is very important.
Car Manual & Dealership/Service Shop Phone Number – Ensure that your vehicle’s manual is in the glove box. The manual contains a lot of very useful information. Also, make sure that you have your car’s dealership/service shop phone number stored in your phone and written down in case anything goes wrong.
First-aid Kit – From band-aids to bandages, a first-aid kit can be extremely useful. It’s a must for any vehicle.
Roadside Safety Kit – Equip yourself with a roadside safety kit. You can buy a pre-made one or build your own. A roadside safety kit includes things like flares, a flashlight, blankets, booster cables, safety cone etc.
Maps/Directions – Nowadays, most of us use an in car GPS device or GPS on our cellphones to plot routes. However, as great as all this technology is, it can sometimes fail. That’s why it makes sense to take a physical map and a set of directions with you on your road trip.
Games for Kids – Children can get bored very quickly on a road trip and the last thing you need as a driver is for the kids to become a distraction. After all, you’re carrying some very precious cargo… the kids! Take some games, colouring books etc. to keep the youngsters occupied.
Don’t forget to make a road trip playlist complete with all your favourite driving tunes!
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