How to Prepare For a Road Trip | Hendersonville NC | Near Asheville, Waynesville and Spartanburg

How To Prepare For A Road Trip

How to Prepare For a Road Trip in Hendersonville, NC

A road trip can be lots of fun, but if things go wrong it can turn into a long difficult car ride. Whether you're traveling for vacation, business or to visit family, it's important to be prepared. There's a lot you need to do before hitting the road.

Here at Hunter Subaru, we want our customers to enjoy their driving experience, especially when they're on the road for several hours. That's why we've made this list to help you get ready for your next road trip.

How to Prepare Your Car

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1. Have a mechanic look over your car.

You don't want to deal with car trouble on your trip! So, have a mechanic look at your vehicle before embarking. 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.

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2. Inspect your tires.

Another important step when preparing for a road trip is to be sure your tires have plenty of traction. Good tires help keep your ride on the interstate smoother, and they can ensure you have enough stopping power in case you need to avoid an accident or stop for a pedestrian. If you're not sure about your tires, it's best to have a professional double-check them.

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3. Don't overload your vehicle.

You probably won't overload your car if you're driving alone or with just one other person. But it can be a concern if you're traveling with a family or a group of friends. Make sure that you can see out of your rear view window, that nothing obstructs your ability to drive and 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 when you're trying to merge or change lanes on the interstate.

How To Prepare Yourself

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1. Charge your devices.

Even if you have car chargers, it's best to make sure your phones and devices are charged beforehand. This is especially important if you're driving through areas with spotty coverage, since your phone's battery can run down quickly if it's constantly searching for a signal. Data usage also tends to drain a phone's battery at a faster rate.

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2. Bring plenty of supplies.

It's a good idea to pack extra supplies. This could include flashlights, extra water and, if the weather's cold, extra jackets. You should also keep a first aid kit and tool kit in your vehicle at all times, even if you're not on a long road trip.

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3. Bring snacks and coffee.

Get a good night's sleep before leaving and bring coffee or something else to help you stay alert. During long, uneventful drives, it can be easy to doze off at the wheel. Falling asleep could lead to a terrible accident.

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4. Bring a GPS.

Even if you're a trailblazer and don't think you'll need a GPS, it's best to bring one just in case you take a wrong turn somewhere. You should also look at a map before leaving so you'll be prepared if the GPS loses signal or malfunctions. If you don't have a GPS, then have a passenger navigate for you on their phone or with a map.

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5. Stay safe.

The most important thing to remember is that nothing is worth risking your life and the lives of your passengers and other drivers. Don't text while you're driving or speed in order to get to your destination on time. If you're a passenger, remind whoever is behind the wheel to drive safely.

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 Hunter Subaru in Hendersonville, NC, at 2520 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791. We look forward to serving our customers from Asheville, Waynesville and Spartanburg!

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