If your travel plans for Thanksgiving involve hitting the open road for a long period of time, you should make sure these things are done before you leave the house.
- Take care of any maintenance you’ve been putting off. If there’s major work you’ve been holding off , it’s time to get them done. The last thing you want is for something to fail while you’re driving especially if it could have been taken care of beforehand.
- Check your tire pressure, inflate if necessary. Underinflated tires can give you awful MPGs. You should have a tire pressure gauge in your car, if not, now is a great time to head to your local Autozone and pick one up or just order one from Amazon.
- Get your fluids changed. You’ll need your engine and transmission in the best possible shape for a long road trip, adding some fresh fluids will help keep running.
- Download your maps ahead of time. If you’re using a dash-mounted GPS or you’re traveling through an area where signal is just awful, it might be a good idea to download the maps you’ll need before you leave. Google Maps allows you to download maps for offline use when there’s no service available.Charge your batteries and bring car chargers. You don’t want to find yourself halfway to your in-laws only to find out that your cellphone is about to die and you have no way to charge it. Invest in some car chargers or battery packs before you leave.
- Make sure your emergency or breakdown kit is stocked up and in the trunk. Make sure that you have jumper cables, a fresh can of Slime, a blanket, road flares, a first-aid kit, and some food and water in your emergency kit, so you’re ready if you break down in bad weather or have to wait in the middle of nowhere before help arrives. You can pick one up on Amazon.
Anything else you guys can think of that I missed out on? Share your suggestions in the comments below.