Spring Break is just around the corner, is everything on your checklist checked off?
☐Destination: Key West
☒Activities: Snorkeling, Bike Riding, Parasailing
☐Method of Transportation: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
Wait, don’t go yet! We know you’re champing at the bit to cross–off the last item on your list, but don’t do it just yet. There is more to a road trip than deciding where to go, what to wear, and what to do. You’re likely familiar with a few basic routine maintenance items, but just in case it’s been awhile, we provided them below:
- Oil Change and Tire Rotation
- Tire Pressure
- Rearview and headlights (Cabin lights too)
- Car Wash (Okay, so maybe this isn’t a necessity)
Phew, now that we have the basics out of the way, we can get to what you really came here for! Anyone will have different advice for you prior to embarking on your road trip, but the following is a compilation of our own road rules.
Travel with more than one licensed driver in order to take turns while on the road! It’s not only unfair, but it’s not safe to designate just one driver!
It’s tempting to take a nap while your friend bravely pilots the car along the highway, but don’t! It’s much safer to have an alert passenger riding in the shotgun seat. Think of it as playing co-pilot, would Chewbacca fall asleep while Hans is flying the Millennium Falcon (Okay, okay…maybe he would, but it doesn’t mean you should!)? And if you’re traveling with a third or fourth passenger, take turns riding shotgun so that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy some much needed shut eye.
Bring a Map
It’s important to note that by “bring a map,” we mean to actually go out and buy a good ol’ fashion map and not download another app to use. What happens when you have no cellular service or your phone dies and you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere on a desolate highway? That’s what we thought. And if you’re not sure on how to read a map, that’s what the internet is for! In addition to your brand new paper map, there are also several nice downloadable maps available from Google and other providers that do not require cell phone service.
If you do not already own a reliable car charger, go out and buy one (or two)! You’ll thank us when either Google Maps or another mapping service drains your battery and you’re at risk of not being able to check Snapchat.
First Aid Kit
You never know what’s going to happen on a road trip and it’s best to be prepared for as many Rob Zombie horror movie scenarios as possible. Either purchase a first aid kit from Target or create your own. It’s all up to you. By creating your own first aid kit you’ll save money in the long run. We also recommend picking up a few car emergency tools along the way, because you never know when you may have to cut through your seatbelt in order to quickly escape from the car.
Emergency Roll of Quarters
Depending on where you’re traveling, there is a possibility you may encounter a few tolls along the way or need to stop for a snack at an upcoming rest area.
Don’t leave belongings out in the open
You may be rolling your eyes at this one, and thinking, “DUH!” But hear us out, vacations often times fill people with excitement and cause them to act uncharacteristically. For example, the time Uncle Charlie left his brand new Nikon camera laying in the passenger seat while he stopped to eat. Oops. Don’t be like Uncle Charlie, hide your valuables and don’t leave them in the car for an extended period of time.
Do we really need to write out an explanation for this one? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
And last, but not least…
Clutch Driving Optimized app
Come on, did you really expect to make it the entire way through this blog post without hearing about how Clutch could benefit your upcoming road trip? Plug-in your old OBD-II and download our app to unlock your vehicle’s full potential. Using Clutch during your road trip is a great way to stay in the know with what’s happening to your vehicle and save money! We’ll alert you with sudden changes and areas you can improve in to save money on gas. Seriously though, who doesn’t love to save money on gas? Less gas money means more money for pizza and beer, but mostly pizza.
We hope you have a fantastic road trip! Don’t forget to tag your photos with #ClutchRoadTrip! And if you have any bona fide road trip strategies or items you can’t leave behind, share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or in our comments section!