How To Survive Long-Distance Road Tripping – Vehicle Preparation

Your long-distance journey is about to begin. Before you get all giddy about hitting the road and into the great unknown, vehicle preparation is one of the most important steps. You don’t want to skimp out on this, just in case you have a flat tire or any other kind of mechanical failure.

This is a complete detailed how-to series on long-distance road tripping. Check out the following topics to help better prepare yourself for the road ahead.

Common prep items are:

  • Bringing your vehicle up-to-date on the manufacturers recommended maintenance. Consult your vehicle’s maintenance booklet for requirements.
  • Checking and adjusting tire pressures (including the spare if you have one).
  • Topping off washer fluid and replacing wiper blades if necessary.
  • Testing your battery and replacing it if necessary.
  • Inspect tire tread and wear patters for life left and check for any abnormal tire wear. (Replace your tires if abnormal wear is found or if worn to 3/32″)
  • Inspect brake pads and rotors for wear and pad life remaining. (Replace your brake pads and rotors if pads have 3mm or less)

For those who aren’t mechanically inclined, the easiest way to prep your vehicle is through your dealership. That means skipping Valvoline, Jiffy Lube, NTB or Bob’s Corner Garage. That way you’re getting expert care with factory-trained technicians. Added bonus – you’ll be up-to-date on any and all recalls you may have anyways! When you bring in your vehicle for your service appointment, let them know you’re going on a long road trip and to inspect anything that may be amiss. They’ll usually check and adjust tire pressures and top off washer fluid automatically. Be sure you tell them to fill up your spare tire if you have one!

In case of emergencies, I like to pack the following items into a medium plastic tub in the rear cargo area:

  • Unparishable food and bottled water,
  • Blanket,
  • First Aid Kit,
  • Warning triangles and flares,
  • High-Visibility Vest or Jacket,
  • Flashlight (Besides your phone),
  • Walkie-Talkie (to possibly communicate with other truck drivers).

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