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How To Prepare For A Road Trip

How to Prepare for a Road Trip in Hendersonville, NC

Road trips can be a ton of fun. However, no matter if it's for vacation, business or to see relatives, you should consider doing some preparation before hitting the road. It could mean the difference between a fun road trip and a miserable car ride.

Here at Hunter Hyundai, we want our customers to enjoy the open road, especially when driving for several hours. That's why we've made a list to help you learn how to best prepare for a road trip.

How to Prepare Your Car

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1. Have a mechanic look over your car.

One of the smartest steps you can take to avoid any issues while on the road is to have a mechanic look over your car. Getting a multi-point inspection will allow you to drive with more confidence and peace of mind. You should also have the mechanic check your brakes, especially if you're planning to drive through any mountainous areas or twisting roads.

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2. Inspect your tires.

When planning for a road trip, it's important to make sure that your tires have plenty of traction. Good tires will help keep your ride on the interstate smooth, and they can ensure you have plenty of stopping power should you need to stop quickly to avoid an accident or pedestrian. If you're unsure about your tires, you should have your service department check them.

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3. Don't overload your vehicle.

When traveling alone or with just one other person, it's unlikely that you'll max-out your car's load. If you're traveling with family or a group of friends, however, overloading can be an issue. You should be able to see out of your car's rear view window, and nothing should obstruct your ability to drive. Also, it's important that your vehicle isn't too heavy. A vehicle that's weighed down too much won't handle as well and will be sluggish on the road, which can cause problems when changing lanes or merging.

How To Prepare Yourself

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1. Charge your devices.

It's a good idea to make sure your phones and devices are charged beforehand, even if you have car chargers. Phone batteries, especially when going through areas with spotty coverage, can run down quickly if they're continually searching for a signal. Data usage can also use up a phone's battery at a faster rate.

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2. Bring plenty of supplies.

It's important to have extra supplies for the road, such as flashlights, water and extra jackets during the colder months. It's also essential that you have a first aid kit and tool kit in your vehicle at all times, even when not on a long road trip.

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3. Bring snacks and coffee.

If you're not a coffee drinker, you should bring something that will help keep you awake. Especially during long, uneventful drives, it's easy to doze off at the wheel, which will endanger you, your passengers and other drivers. Be sure to at least get a good night's sleep the night before leaving.

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4. Bring a GPS.

If you don't have a GPS, have one of your passengers navigate for you on their phone or with a map. A good idea is to look at a map before leaving, in case your GPS malfunctions or loses signal. Even if you're the kind of person who doesn't need the help of a navigation system, it's best to bring one along anyway in the event of a wrong turn somewhere down the road.

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5. Stay safe.

Remember: no destination is as important as the lives of you, your passengers or other drivers on the road. Never answer text messages while behind the wheel, and no destination is worth speeding to get to. If you're not driving, help keep whoever is accountable.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to prepare your vehicle for your next trip, or want to get it checked beforehand, come see us at 2520 Asheville Highway Hendersonville, NC 28791. We look forward to serving our customers from Asheville, Canton and Saluda!