- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On November 30, 2016
Going on a road trip can be an exciting prospect. Whether you’ve driven thousands of miles before, or it’s your first trip, every long-distance drive has some rewards in store for you.
On the open road, though, something as simple as a flat tire could be a major hitch in your day. That’s why making sure you’re prepared before you hit the highway is essential.
Use this list of 10 things you should always take on a road trip to ensure that you’re safe and sound every minute you’re away from home.
Many people use smartphone apps to get around these days, but if you travel through sparsely populated areas you’ll find they don’t always get a signal. A quality GPS system will guide you even when your cell phone is nothing more than an expensive paperweight.
A spare tire can get you out of a jam in a hurry if you end up on the side of the road with a flat. If you have room, a full-sized spare tire and all of the tools you’ll need to change the tire should be in your trunk.
Your smartphone may not get you everywhere on a road trip, but it is going to come in handy for everything from hotel bookings to finding a place to eat. Get a quality dock and make sure the phone charged and ready when you need it.
You don’t want to have to use your spare tire on a long trip. To avoid it, use a tire gauge to check your pressure regularly.
Revenues are down in many places, and police are giving out more tickets. Get a radar detector and stay ticket-free on your trip.
Sometimes you just need a good old-fashioned paper map. An atlas of the country – of recent vintage – will do the job admirably.
Electronic Toll Passes
Different regions have different toll passes, but if your route is mostly in one area, getting an electronic toll pass is a lot faster. It also might help you from accidentally not paying a toll and getting a ticket in the mail.
You’ll probably have a choice of many restaurants and stores on your trip, but having some emergency supplies is a good idea. Keep a box of non-perishable food like granola bars.
If you end up stranded, you’ll need water. Keep a gallon or two in the trunk or backseat for emergencies.
What’s a road trip without music? Bring your favorite tunes for the times when your radio won’t pick up anything up or you’re sick of satellite stations.
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