How to Prepare For a Road Trip | Crittenden KY | Near Lexington & Cincinnati

How to Prepare For a Road Trip in Crittenden, KY

Road trips can be a great experience depending on one thing: preparation. However, there's no reason a road trip should be something to endure rather than enjoy.

Here at Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we seek to help all of our customers get the most out of their driving experiences. That's why we've offered a few tips to help you prepare for your next big trip. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Prepare Your Car

Have a mechanic look over your car.

One of the first steps to take to avoid any mishaps on the road is bringing your car to a mechanic so he can look it over. A multi-point inspection allows you to drive with more confidence and peace of mind. You'll also want a mechanic to check your brakes, especially if you'll be driving through mountains or twisting roads.

Inspect your tires.

A key item to remember when planning for your trip is to make sure your tires have plenty of traction. Not only do good tires help keep your ride 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 check them.

Don't overload your vehicle.

If you're traveling alone, or with just one other person, it's unlikely that you'll overload your vehicle. However, if you're traveling with a family or a few friends, overloading can be more of a problem. It's important that you're able to see out of your rearview window and that nothing obstructs your ability to drive, but also that your vehicle isn't too heavy. 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 or merging.

How To Prepare Yourself

Charge your devices.

Even if you have car chargers, it's a good idea to make sure your phones and devices are 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.

Bring plenty of supplies.

In addition to luggage, it's important to have extra supplies for the road. This could include items such as flashlights, extra water and extra jackets for cold weather. 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 snacks and coffee.

If you don't drink coffee, bring something else that can keep you awake. Particularly during long, uneventful drives, it can be easy to doze off behind the wheel, which endangers you and others. At the very least, be sure to get a good night's sleep the night before you leave.

Bring a GPS.

If you don't have a GPS, have a passenger navigate for you on their phone or with a map. It's a good idea to look at a map before disembarking, in case your GPS loses signal or malfunctions. Even if you're a trailblazer who doesn't need the a GPS, it's best to bring one along anyway in case you take a wrong turn somewhere down the road.

Stay safe.

The key thing to remember is that no destination is as important as the lives of you, your passengers or 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 for your next trip, or want to get your car checked beforehand, come see us at Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Crittenden, KY, at 140 Spears Ln, Crittenden, KY 41030. We look forward to serving our customers from Lexington and Cincinnati!

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