Travelling for a long trip with your family in your car is exciting and fun, especially if you have planned it long before. Your kids and the whole family as well will always be looking forward to this. May it be Baguio, Subic, Batangas, Quezon, etc. there will always be a sense of anticipation for family trips. But you don’t want it to be ruined while you’re stuck with a broken car. So how can we better prepare for a long trip? Below are the five things that I usually do before our car hits the road.
- Plan in advance
- You should already have chosen the destination and the particular place you are going to. This will save you time. A reservation would be wise especially during Lenten and Christmas season
- Choose the time of travel. Early morning trips are best, since the driver’s senses are fresh. I personally like seeing the sun rise as I ply the highway. Early morning trips are also cooler and you will meet less traffic.
- Speaking of traffic, late night trips like 2300H are also helpful in a sense that travel times are faster.
- Preventive maintenance
Like any other machinery, your car needs to be maintained either before or after your long trip. It can be done in the casa or on any reputable shop. Having it maintained before the trip will give you a peace of mind for the whole travel. Doing it after your trip will ensure that whatever wear and tear, dust and dirt it had accumulated after the trip will be addressed.
We’ll talk about pros and cons of casa and non casa maintenance on a separate topic.
- Check the essentials
- Tires should be in good condition, no bulges, no tear and with the appropriate pressure. I would totally recommend filling it with nitrogen. Nitrogen does not react that much to changes in temperature. By my own experience, I had to have my tires refilled every week with compressed air. With nitrogen, it takes months before the pressure drops by 1 psi.
- Brake fluids, engine oil, transmission fluids, coolants and all fluids under the hood. Engine oil and transmission fluids are often by dip stick. While brake fluids and coolants can easily be seen on their containers. It might also be smart if you bring an extra liter of these, especially the coolant.
- Headlights, tail lights, brake lights and signal lights. All of these you can check by simply turning them on, while the brake lights would need someone to look at it while you step on the brakes. In some highways there is a corresponding fine for busted lights or cracked windshields.
- License and registration
You have to ensure that both the driver’s and the car’s relevant registration and licenses are valid. A car that is not registered or a driver that has no license should not be playing on the road in the first place. You don’t want the hassle in a checkpoint or anything along the way.
Lastly the driver has to be rested, and in good health for the voyage. I usually drink a can of Monster Energy drink during the trip. It works best for me as it keeps me awake and alert, though any energy drink can also work.
I do hope that this will be helpful to you. I would appreciate any comment from you. Thanks for visiting our home in the web. God bless.