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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for a Road Trip

Travelers Today       By    Staff Reporter

Updated: Jan 25, 2020 05:31 AM EST

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for a Road Trip

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You are going on a road trip soon and want to make sure your vehicle is ready for that trip. The last thing you want is to encounter a problem while you are out exploring. The following are a few tips to help reduce the chances of your adventure being ruined by some vehicle-related issues.

Address the Tires

There are a lot of things you are going to depend on while you're on your next road trip, and one of those things is your tires. Each tire is going to support you on your travels, and they are going to be taking a beating, depending on how far you are going.

You want to do your best to have them inspected and replaced if needed since you are going to be traveling for so long. You want to keep a donut tire and a regular spare tire with you, just in case something happens during your trip. You don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere because you don't have an extra tire or donut.

Improve Fuel Efficiency

The next thing you may want to work on is improving your fuel efficiency. Good tires will help you out in this department, but there is so much more you can do. For instance, you can consider ECU tuning (also known as chip tuning.) In essence, you are re-configuring your ECU, which can help you do things like decrease the air-fuel ratio.

With a lower air-fuel ratio, your engine is going to demand a little less fuel than normal. You can also have the ECU tuner help lower the shift points, and that means you'll be driving at a lower RPM, which should definitely help increase your fuel efficiency. You are doing all this simply because it means you'll be spending less money on gas during your trip.

Dealing With the Paperwork

The next thing you have to pay attention to is all the paperwork you have to take care of. You want to make sure your registration, driver's license, and permits you'll be using during your trip are all up-to-date.

It's also important that you don't only check to see if you have proper insurance but that it is also up-to-date before you go on your trip. The last thing you want to deal with is a problem during the trip. Dealing with these types of issues out of state can be a hassle, which could suck away some of your fun.

Do a Little Cleaning

There are a lot of friends and family members back home who are hoping to see you bring back gifts. This is one of the reasons you'll want to clean your entire vehicle, including your trunk, and just pack the essentials. Cleaning your car before a road trip also allows for a more pleasurable experience for yourself and your passengers.

Touch of Shade

Since you'll be driving under the hot sun for a while during your trip, it may be wise to have tints placed on your windows. The more high-quality tints come with UV protection, and that should keep you safe from those harmful UV rays.

Of course, this is just meant to help. You should still wear enough sunscreen whenever you are driving. You know that driving sessions are usually a few hours depending on how you drive, and that means you'll be under the hot sun for those extended periods of time.

Hopefully, these suggestions make it easy to get your vehicle ready for this road trip of yours. Be safe out there, and take a lot of pictures.

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