Going on road trips is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress from work and other stressors, especially during the holidays. After all, everybody deserves to have a break and enjoy their downtown with their families during the holiday festivities.
If you choose to spend and celebrate it through a road trip, keep in mind that more than booking a room or packing, you also need to prepare your vehicle for the long drive just to ensure that you and your family and friends are safe during travel.
Preparing your vehicle for holiday trips should not be done a day or two before your scheduled trip. It should be done a week or two before your trip. Here are some safe travel trips you can apply before and during the ride:
Schedule a check up
One of the easiest ways of preparing for a long road trip is scheduling a check up with your trusted mechanic. Professionals will perform basic maintenance on your vehicle before you head out such as checking wipers and fluid levels. They can also do as oil changes or tune ups that will make the condition of your vehicle only better.
Have your inspector check your tires, wipers, filters, and lights beforehand. Let them conduct a routinary check up for your vehicle to make sure nothing unpredictable will happen while you’re on the road.
Keep an emergency kit on board
The only thing worse than breaking down is breaking down on a busy stretch of highway without the necessary equipment to make sure you and your passengers remain safe. It should include medical supplies, a first aid kit, medicines, food, water, extra clothes, etc. Additionally, an emergency kit should also cater to your car. Make sure you have a spare tire, oils, a flashlight, rags, extra spark plugs, and anything else recommended by your trusted mechanic.
Familiarize yourself with the route
Knowing your route before hand will help you get where you’re going, making it easy to find gas stations or restaurants along the way, especially when unexpected emergencies or accidents happen. Bringing traffic-enabled devices can also warn of roadway congestion, and all units can assist in finding an alternate route
Have your car tinted
It is important that you have your car tinted before a long trip during the holidays. Tinting your car during the winter has its benefits—from keeping the whole ride warm and comfy, to keeping your eyes and vision safe from the extra glare from the snow buildup on roadsides. At the same time, since the sun rises much later and sets much earlier during the winter season. Driving in the darkness can post more threats to you while you are on the road.
Moreover, the amount of UV rays released through the sun’s rays are not lessened during the winter. Just like back in the summer, they can still cause skin problems and age it just the same. Actually, studies conclude that light bouncing from the snow still have UV rays, amplifying your exposure to it by 85-90% more. These harmful rays also make the insides of your vehicle ‘age’ as well. It can fade your upholstery and cause your dashboard and other wood components be prone to breakage as well.
Save on some fuel
Tints act like insulating layers by trapping interior heat inside the car during the winter. When the heat hits your window from outside, the heat travels through the glass and transfers to the air and other objects that may be in contact with the window. Since you don’t need that much heat, thanks to the tints acting as insulators, you can save up money, fuel and energy and lessen the strain you put on your vehicle’s engine.