Planning your perfect road trip can be an exhausting ordeal, but we’re here to help. We’ve talked a lot about planning an awesome vacation, but road trips—where you take a long drive and hit many stops on the way—present their own set of challenges. Here are a few things you should keep in mind as you plan.
Car Documents: Make sure your car Registration, Insurance, Pollution Check are updated and safely tucked in your glove box. Have few photo copies just in case you may need. It is always a good idea to keep a notebook with important phone numbers and addresses in there as well.
Windshield Water Tank: Check the water level in your car’s Windshield Water Tank which is very important during all seasons.
Plan Your Route and Stops Before You Leave: You know your destination, but deciding on your route and stops can really depend on your travel style. You need to investigate the weather and road conditions before hand too. One route may look shorter on the map, but weather can turn that short route into a long and hazardous road
Bring a spare car key: It might sound like a no-brainer, but there are some people who have not been so wise.
Make Sure Your Ride is Ready: In the weeks leading up to your adventure, you need to make sure that your vehicle is in primo condition. This is important for you and your passengers safety, and a healthy vehicle won’t break down on you in the middle of nowhere.
Keep An Open Mind: While it’s extremely important to plan ahead for your road trip, keeping in an open mind will help you get the most out of this experience of a lifetime. Don’t get too caught up in the plan and be willing to adjust and adapt as you go along.
Carry cash for tolls: Toll roads can pop up in the most bizarre of places, and their fares might be higher than you expect. Stock your center console with rupees and paise.
Announce your whereabouts: Text someone — a friend or your parents — the name of the place you stay each night and which city you plan to reach by the next night. In the very rare event that anything sketchy happens, it’s good to have a public record of where you are.
Stay Entertained on the Road: Once you’re on the open road, you need something to keep you from getting bored. Boredom leads to feeling tired, and feeling tired leads to you endangering the whole travel party. Anything from music, to books on tape, to classic car games can help keep the boredom away. With iPods, streaming services, and satellite radio, your music will never dry up, but don’t forget about the power of a good mix CD. If you can, make a CD of music everyone likes enough that they can tolerate it for most of the trip.
Snacks, Snacks, And More Snacks: Snacks are a road trip must, and you should have the accessible at all times. Stock up before you start your drive. Hit up your local supermarket and pick up the ingredients to make some of these awesome & healthier snacks!
Avoid Night Drives: Though the traffic is less during night, we have few disadvantages too while driving at night. Poor visibility at night is the first and foremost reason. If the route is new, may miss important road signs & end up at an altogether different location. Chances of hitting pedestrians or vehicles which do not have proper indicators or reflectors. Too many lorries during the night time with dazzling lights. A breakdown during the night may lead to unnecessary troubles.
Take pictures: Road trips are prime fodder for beautiful scrapbooks and bulletin boards once you get home. Take beautiful pictures!
Things to Carry:
- Spare Tyre along with a Tyre Jack & Reflective Triangle
- Tyre Inflater & a Sealer
- Car’s Manual
- Car Repair Information
- First Aid Kit
- Torch Light / Flash Light
- Multi Tool
- Water bottles filled
- Paper Towels
- Tissue Rolls
- Shopping Bags
- Pencil & Papers
- USB Mobile Charger
How to change a Flat Tyre:
Follow these simple steps to fix the problem and be on your way in no time –
Find a safe spot to pull over. If you’re on the freeway, taking the next exit is the safest bet, even if you have to drive on a blown tyre. Otherwise, pull as far onto the shoulder as possible. Don’t park in the middle of a curve where approaching cars can’t see you. Also, choose a flat spot; jacking up your car on a slope can be a disaster. If you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear. Be sure to set your parking brake!
Turn on your hazard lights. Get the jack, wrench, and spare tyre from the trunk(boot space) of the car and bring them over to the tyre that is flat. Use other tools or supplies, if needed.
Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts. You may need to remove the hubcap. Don’t remove the lug nuts at this point; simply loosen them by turning the wrench to the left (counter-clockwise). If the lug nuts are really tight, try placing the wrench on the nut and standing on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it.
Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground. Different car models may have different places to put the jack; consult your owner’s manual for specific locations. Once the jack is securely in the correct spot, jack up the car until the tyre is about 6 inches off the ground.
Remove the lug nuts and pull the tyre off the car. Make sure to place the lug nuts in a pile that won’t get scattered, and pull the tyre straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheel base.
Place the spare on the car. Line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare, and push the spare all the way onto the wheel base until it can’t go any farther.
Put on the lug nuts. Don’t put them on tightly, just make sure they’re on enough for the spare to stay on the car for a moment.
Lower the car back to the ground. Use the jack to bring the car back down to ground level. Remove the jack from underneath the car.
Make sure the lug nuts are tightened. With the car back on the ground, you can now tighten the lug nuts. Rather than tightening them one by one in order, start with one lug nut, tighten it about 50%, move to the opposite nut (across the circle) and tighten that one about the same amount. Keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually in turn until each lug nut is as tight as it can be.
Put your flat tyre and tools back in your trunk (Boot Space). Make sure you don’t leave anything on the side of the road.