Owning a car means freedom of movement and the ability to travel without adhering to standard excursion routes. During pandemic and quarantine restrictions, a vehicle is a great way to safely get out with family or friends on a short or long road trip.
In this article, we’ll show you how to prepare for a long trip in different situations.
Prep your car: what to check before driving
Before you collect the necessary things, you need to prepare the vehicle. Be sure to visit a service station, where they will professionally assess the condition of your car:
- engine, steering, brakes, suspension;
- adjust, if necessary, wheel alignment;
- make sure the headlights are working;
- check the level of technical fluids, top-up if required.
Be sure to assess the condition of the tires. If there is external damage, cracks, or the tread is worn out, then be sure to replace the tires with new ones – this is your safety.
Prep of things. What to take and what to equip the car with?
If you plan to go on an active vacation: extreme cycling, kayaking on mountain rivers, rock climbing, etc. Then, to maximize the car’s space, you need to think about how to properly place the equipment outside the cabin. You can buy and install roof rails or crossbars on your car – you can install a roof rack on them or a special mount for a bicycle, ski, etc.
Before long journeys, we recommend installing an engine guard so that you do not have to stand with a punctured crankcase in the middle of a field or forest. Thinking about how to call a tow truck when the Internet, and maybe mobile communications, do not pick up the signal. Then spend money on expensive repairs, stay without a car for a week and somehow get to your vacation spot or back home.
To camping by car or to nature “savage”.
TENTS! You should definitely check it before the trip, or buy or rent it from a tourist store. If you have a big car, there is a lot of space in the cabin and in the trunk, then to organize a sleeping place, you can take an ordinary mattress and pillows. But a more practical solution is self-inflating rugs. They are soft, quickly unfold and do not take up much space. They are not cheap, but they are a good investment if you plan to travel frequently by car.
Plastic containers will allow you to effectively use the trunk space and conveniently pack the necessary things. These containers can then be used for washing dishes or storing food.
An awning is a handy thing when you are outdoors. It shelters from the sun and rain, it will be much more comfortable to dine and relax with such a design. And some models of awnings have removable mosquito nets.
Purchase sun and insect protection before going outdoors. Be sure to take a flashlight, even a few are better. A convenient solution would be a headlamp, it is convenient to cook with it, fold something or repair something. Also, we recommend buying a burner for comfort in nature – making coffee in the morning will be a pleasure. Folding chair and hammock, to enjoy the fresh air and nature as much as possible.
On the Road
When travelling by car, you also need to adhere to some rules. At least approximately, but calculate the fuel consumption and adjust the refueling route at those gas stations where you always refuel.
According to FourCreeds, spending more than 10-12 hours on the road is very tiring. It’ll be great if there is another driver in the car who can switch seats with you at any time.
Be sure to sleep well before a long trip so that you can roll in a good mood to your favourite playlist in anticipation of a relaxed holiday. Take stops for a short rest and warm-up, you can combine this with snacks at the gas station.
Also, put on your most comfortable shoes on the road, and make sure that you always have water at hand. And don’t forget about safety and hygiene during a pandemic, stock up on disinfectant, masks and gloves.
Also, do not forget to check the spare tyre, it must be pumped up and intact. Or make sure the kit contains all the necessary tools and sealants.
If you plan a long road trip on a budget, we recommend packing Falken tyre as a spare. In terms of value for money, Falken Tyres have proven to be the best mid-range product on the market right delivering performance equal to or better than its Premium manufacturer competitors.