Road trips can be either really fun or really tedious, depending on how well you’ve planned for them. You never know when you’ll be stuck in traffic, have bad weather or have a service emergency. But, if you plan ahead, these things could be avoidable or you can at least be prepared for them as you make your way to see family and friends.
We've provided you with this list you can check out so your trip is a little easier. Here at Lou Sobh Kia, we want our customers to have an enjoyable driving experience, and that doesn't just include the test-drive. Keep reading to find out what you can do to ensure your next road trip is a pleasant one!Schedule Service View Service Specials
One of the first things you can do to avoid any hiccups on the road is to take your car in for a mechanic to examine. A multi-point inspection enables you to drive with more confidence and peace of mind. You'll also want the mechanic to check your brakes, especially if you'll be driving on any mountains or twisting roads.
Remember, when planning for a road trip, to be sure your tires have plenty of traction. Not only do good tires help keep your ride on the interstate smoother, but they can ensure you have enough stopping power should you need to avoid an accident or stop for a pedestrian. If you're not sure about your tires, it's best to have your service department double-check.
If you're traveling solo, or with just one other person, it's somewhat unlikely that you'll max-out your car's load. However, if you're traveling with a family or a group of friends, overloading can be more of a problem. It's important that you can see out of your rear view window and that nothing obstructs your ability to drive, but also that your vehicle isn't too weighed down. A weighed-down vehicle will not handle as well and will be much more sluggish on the road, which can cause problems on the interstate when it comes to changing lanes and merging.
Even if you have car chargers, it's best to ensure your phone or device is charged beforehand. For phones, especially if you're going through areas with spotty coverage, the battery can run down quickly if it's constantly searching for signal. Data usage also tends to use a phone's battery at a quicker rate.
In addition to your luggage, it's essential to have extra supplies specifically for the road trip. This could include items such as flashlights, water and jackets or blankets during cold seasons. It's also crucial that you always have a first aid kit and tool kit in your vehicle at all times, even if you're not on a long road trip.
Bring something to help yourself stay awake at the wheel. Particularly during long, straight drives, it can be easy to dose off, which endangers you, your passengers and other drivers. At the very least, be sure to get a good night's sleep the night before leaving.
If you don't have a GPS, have a passenger navigate for you on their phone or with a map. It's best to look at a map before leaving, in case your GPS loses signal or malfunctions. And if you're a trailblazer who doesn't need the help of a GPS, it's best to bring one along anyway in case you take a wrong turn somewhere down the road.
The most important thing to remember is that no destination is as important as the lives of you, your passengers and the other drivers on the road. No text is worth answering when you're behind the wheel, and no destination is worth speeding to get to. If you're not the one driving, help keep whoever is accountable.
If you're interested in learning more about how to prepare your vehicle for your next trip, or want to get it checked beforehand, come see us at 1105 Buford Road, Cumming, GA 30041 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving our customers from Cumming, GA, and throughout Alpharetta, Atlanta and Forsyth County.