Road Trips: Is Your Car A Marathon Runner Or A Short-Distance Sprinter?

Posted by Ben Davidson about 1 years ago
The road trip is a driver’s tradition and a kind of holiday that deserves to be done right. But we can all imagine and have probably heard of the kind of horror stories that happen along the way. Most ruined road trips begin with a car that’s not fit for the journey or preparation that hasn’t been properly taken care of. To make sure your road trip is a pleasant dream, and not a nightmare, you have to make sure you got the motor for the job.
 
The check-up

This isn’t negotiable. If you want to make your vehicle road trip ready, you have to do a pretty comprehensive check before you set out.  If you were going for a long-distance run, you would spend plenty of time making sure you were in fit enough condition. The same goes for your motor. Changing the six essential fluids of the car is essential. As is checking whether or not you need replacements for brake pads, air filters, light bulbs, and so on. Then there are the checks you have to make while you’re out there on the road. Your tires are going to see the brunt of the punishment on the trip, so checking air pressure every 1000 miles, getting them rotated every 5000 miles, and preparing for replacements if you’re going over 25,000 miles can save you a lot of hassle.
 
Should you really take your own?

There’s also some wisdom in saying that perhaps you shouldn’t take your own car. Using services like Bayswater Car Hire can immediately remove the hassle of some of the check-ups above, as rental cars are rigorously maintained before they’re given out. It might prove more cost-effective, too. Yes, there’s an upfront cost for renting but if you choose a car that’s more fuel efficient than your own motor, it could mean bigger savings overall. There’s also the question of reliability and wear and tear. You’re putting the miles on someone else’s car, not yours. You don’t suffer depreciation, the costs of further maintenance, and you are also less likely to break down if your own vehicle isn’t as resilient as it once was.
 
Size matters

A road trip is a vacation, so you’re going to want to pack well. This might mean several changes of clothes, camping gear, coolers, and so on. For a longer trip, you’re going to need plenty of space, so bigger might be better. There’s also the factor to consider that bigger cars tend to be safer. Then again, for some road trips, this isn’t necessarily true. If you’re stopping at and exploring more cities on the way, then a smaller car that’s more fuel efficient in urban settings might be a lot more convenient.
 
Know the way

If there’s one skill that’s essential on any road trip, it’s navigation. There are plenty of apps you can get on your mobile that can help you plan out a route and find stops along the way. However, when it comes to actually navigating roads and getting reliable data on where you are, even if you’re out of service range, then choosing a GPS to buy for the trip is your best bet. CNET constantly updates with reviews of the different devices on the market, so it’s worth checking out and finding the one that fits your budget if you don’t have one already. If you’re renting a car then, of course, you should consider those that come with the most updated and reliable dashboard GPS systems available.
photo-start]

Prepared for any situation

When it comes to packing, you shouldn’t just think about what you’re going to need to better enjoy the road trip in comfort. You should also think of the provisions you need to handle the many issues that can come up on the trip. Regardless of how well looked after a car is, the more you drive, the greater your chance of breaking down or ending up in some other vehicular predicament. Sites like Tyre Right have some great emergency kit checklists that you can use to make sure you’re prepared for any trouble. It includes safety gear such as reflective vests and cones and repair and maintenance equipment. But it’s important to also consider personal safety and health with extra bottled water, food, and light sources in case you’re stuck out there waiting for help.
 
This isn’t an exhaustive list of how to best prepare for a road trip, but it’s going to make sure that the car will be the least of your worries. With that out of the way, you’ve already eliminated some of the biggest risks that can put an early end to your rambling adventure.


[
Tags:
car tips, travel tips, tip of the day

Latest Articles

See All
  • We're Making Driving More Expensive For Ourselves!
    We're Making Driving More Expensive For Ourselves!

    September 20, 2018 - Well, pretty much your whole life is going to revolve around driving now, so, have a read on, and let us show you a few ways that you’re probably making driving more expensive for yourself.

  • Things Every New Motorcyclist Should Know
    Things Every New Motorcyclist Should Know

    September 19, 2018 - There are many things new motorcyclists should be aware of if they want to stay safe and enjoy their riding. Motorcycle riding can give a feeling of freedom and excitement, but you do not want to put yourself in any danger.

  • Top Tips To Avoid Road Accidents
    Top Tips To Avoid Road Accidents

    September 19, 2018 - Car accidents are a horrid part of motoring life. No one thinks it will happen to them, but you're unlikely to go many years without some form of mishap occurring - whether you're to blame or not. Of course, you can never make yourself immune, but it

  • Why Do So Many Drivers Give Up?
    Why Do So Many Drivers Give Up?

    September 14, 2018 - You might think this is strange as driving is so essential to some people, but there are actually quite a few really good reasons why some car owners might simply never get behind the wheel again. Read on to find out more!

  • No License, No Problem: Off-Road adventure at the Calabogie Boogie
    No License, No Problem: Off-Road adventure at the ...

    September 13, 2018 - Off-road riding is an interesting area of motorcycling, as, in many cases, you don’t actually need a license to do it. You’ll certainly find your share of licensed riders – both new and seasoned – partaking. But you’ll also find riders of all skill l

  • 4 Essential Things To Do After Buying A Used Car
    4 Essential Things To Do After Buying A Used Car

    September 10, 2018 - There’s nothing wrong with dipping into the used car market. In fact, you will often find some absolute bargains when you purchase a second-hand car. Regardless of whether you’ve bought a vintage vehicle or a modern machine that’s only a year old; he

  • Titanium Gleams in the Automobile Industry
    Titanium Gleams in the Automobile Industry

    September 10, 2018 - Titanium’s strength, light weight, and high survival rate is making it a top choice for cutting edge cars and in this post, we will highlight just a few of its most cutting edge uses.

  • Off-Roading: How To Choose The Perfect Vehicle
    Off-Roading: How To Choose The Perfect Vehicle

    September 3, 2018 - If you’ve given off-roading a try and have decided that you really enjoy getting out and about and cruising across country instead of on the roads, then you might be thinking about treating yourself to your own off-road vehicle

  • 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Putting the Fun in Funky
    2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Putting the Fun in Fu...

    September 3, 2018 - Two doors or four doors? When you’re buying a sporty car, it’s a choice many buyers are faced with. But Hyundai did things a little differently, giving you a sweet spot in the middle with three doors in the Veloster. When it first launched in 2011,

  • What Should You Do After a Minor Car Collision?
    What Should You Do After a Minor Car Collision?

    August 30, 2018 - It’s worth knowing what you should do and how you should conduct yourself if you’re ever in this situation yourself. So you should read on now and learn more about what you should do after a minor car collision.

Share This!

or