How to Prepare For a Road Trip in Easley, SC

Road trips can be a lot of fun, but as any driver can tell you, they're also pretty stressful sometimes. Most of us want to enjoy our time on the road as much as possible, without worrying that maybe we've forgotten something or that we'll have car trouble or get a flat.

While you can't prepare for every single potential issue on the road, you can definitely be prepared enough to enjoy the ride. Keep reading to learn more about how you can drive with maximum peace of mind and just enjoy the open road.

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How to Prepare Your Car

1.) Have a mechanic look over your car.

One of the best things to do to avoid any mishaps on the road is to bring 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 the mechanic to check your brakes, especially if you'll be driving through any mountains or twisting roads.

2.) Inspect your tires.

Before embarking on your trip, you also need to make sure your tires have plenty of traction. Not only do good tires help keep your ride on the interstate 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 double-check.

3.) Don't overload your vehicle.

If you're traveling by yourself, or with just one other person, it's unlikely that you'll max-out your car's load. However, if you're traveling with a family or several friends, overloading can be more of an issue. It's important that you can see out of your rear view window and that nothing hinders 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

1.) Charge your devices.

Even if you have car chargers, it's best to make sure your phones and devices are fully-charged beforehand. For phones, especially if you're going through areas with poor reception, 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.

2.) Bring plenty of supplies.

In addition to your luggage, it's important to have extra supplies for emergencies. This could include items such as flashlights, extra water and extra jackets during cold seasons. 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.

3.) Bring snacks and coffee.

If you don't drink coffee, bring something else to help keep yourself awake. Particularly during long, uneventful drives, it can be easy to doze off at the wheel, which endangers you, your passengers and other drivers. At the very least, be sure to get a good night's sleep the night before departing.

4.) Bring a GPS.

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

5.) Stay safe.

The main 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 location 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 your vehicle for your next trip, or want to get it checked beforehand, come see us at McKinney Mazda in Easley, SC, at 4544 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, SC 29640. We look forward to serving our customers from Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson!