The thought of a road trip is always fun and exciting no matter if it is your first or it is your one hundred and first. You have a few things that you need to consider before you take your car out onto the open road though for your vacation.
The first thing that you are going to want to do is take your vehicle in for a checkup. Even if you have a relatively new vehicle that seems to be in good shape, make sure that you have a mechanic give it a once over and fix anything that might be out of sorts. Change your oil too, and make sure that all of your fluids are topped off.
Something else that you need to check when you are planning you trip is the tires. You never want to drive around on balding tires, and replacing them before you trip will save you quite a bit of hassle. You should also carry a spare just in case. Don’t take the spare out of your vehicle just so you can make more room for luggage.
If you believe that your car simply isn’t going to be able to make it to your destination and back without having some mechanical difficulty, you might want to consider renting a vehicle instead. You can always ask the other people who are traveling with you on the trip to pay for part of the cost of the rental and the gas. You might even find that the rental has better gas mileage than that SUV you’re driving. It’s a great way to make sure that you will make it to your destination without having any trouble. Of course, you have to remember to have maps as well as your GPS device to make sure that you don’t get lost along the way!