PREPARING FOR A ROAD TRIP

By: Windsor Ford   |   09 Feb 2018

Ready to hit the open road in your Ford vehicle? Not so fast! Start preparing for a road trip by making a checklist that includes:

  • Battery
  • Brakes
  • Directionals
  • Headlights
  • Oil
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Windshield wipers

Top off any fluids that are low. Be sure the tires have enough tread for driving in hail, rain, or extreme heat. Check the tire pressure. Remember to check the tread and pressure in the spare tire also. Windshield wipers need to be able to function under the same conditions as tires. All directionals need to be in working order, and the lights must fully illuminate.

Confidence in a structurally sound vehicle adds to the enjoyment of a long trip. Minor accidents sometimes compromise the safety of a vehicle. If the car was recently in an accident, have an auto repair shop inspect the vehicle. This is a crucial step in preparing for a road trip, and Windsor Ford’s Service Centre is here to help with it!

HOW MANY DRIVERS ARE AVAILABLE?
Fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel are potential hazards after a day of energy exertion or driving at night. It is best to have more than one driver for the party so that no single person has to bear the full burden. If multiple drivers are not available, plan ahead. Stay in a motel at night or rest in well-lit areas. Take no chances while driving at night or when feeling fatigued.

NECESSITIES WHEN PREPARING FOR A ROAD TRIP
Besides a playlist for your entertainment, there are some essential items to take along when you’re preparing for a road trip. These include:

  • Emergency kit
  • Water
  • Navigation system
  • Roadside assistance plan


Every vehicle needs an emergency kit in the trunk or glove box. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Lengthy highway trips sometimes include long stretches that have no rest areas or gas stations to buy water. Have plenty of water packed. It can come in handy in multiple ways.

An onboard navigation system may not be necessary if you have a cellphone equipped with one, but a roadside assistance plan — whether as part of your local auto club or auto insurance — is imperative even for the most reliable vehicles. Finally, when preparing for a road trip, remember to bring your best camera and take plenty of photographs!

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