How to Prepare For a Road Trip | Dry Ridge KY | Near Florence, Cincinnati and Lexington

How to Prepare For a Road Trip in Dry Ridge, KY

While preparing for your road trip can be a lot of fun, there's also a lot of things to keep in mind before embarking. You want to be as prepared and safe as possible, so that you can drive with maximum peace of mind.

That's why, here at Marshall Dry Ridge Toyota, we've assembled a list of points to remember when you're getting ready to pack. Road trips are fun, but they're even more fun when you don't forget something or have car trouble.

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How to Prepare Your Car

1.) Have a mechanic look over your car.

One of the most important things do to avoid any hiccups on the road is to take your vehicle in for a mechanic to look over. A multi-point inspection will enable you to drive with more confidence and peace of mind. You'll also want your mechanic to look at your brakes, especially if you'll be driving through any mountains or twisting roads.

2.) Inspect your tires.

Another thing to remember when planning for your road trip is to double check to make sure your tires have plenty of traction. Not only do good tires help keep your ride on the interstate smoother, but they can also ensure you have enough stopping power should you need to avoid an accident or stop for a pedestrian. If you're unsure about your tires, it's best to have your service department take a look at them.

3.) Don't overload your vehicle.

If you're traveling by yourself, or with just one other passenger, it's unlikely that you'll max-out your car's load. However, if you're traveling with your family or several friends, overloading can be more of a problem. It's important that you can see out of your rear view window and that nothing obstructs your ability to drive, but also that your vehicle isn't too heavy. A weighed-down vehicle will not handle as well and will be much more sluggish on the road, which can be problematic on the interstate when it comes to changing lanes or merging.

How To Prepare Yourself

1.) Charge your devices.

Even if you already have car chargers, it's still a good idea to make sure your phone or device is charged beforehand. For phones, especially if you're going through areas with spotty coverage, the battery can run down quickly if it's constantly searching for reception. Data usage also often drains a phone's battery more quickly.

2.) Bring plenty of supplies.

In addition to luggage, it's important to have extra supplies for the actual road trip itself. This could include items like flashlights, extra water and extra jackets during cold seasons. It's also imperative that you always have a first aid kit and tool kit in your vehicle at all times, even if you're not embarking on a long road trip.

3.) Bring snacks and coffee.

Even if you don't drink coffee, it's a good idea to bring something to keep yourself awake, like light snacks or tea. Particularly during long, straight drives, it can be easy to dose off at the wheel, which endangers you, your passengers and other drivers. At the very least, be sure to get a good night's sleep the night before.

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. It's best to look at a map before leaving anyway, just in case your GPS loses signal or malfunctions. And if you're a trailblazer who doesn't need the help of a GPS, it's not a bad idea to pack one just in case you take a wrong turn somewhere down the road.

5.) Stay safe.

The main thing to remember is that no destination is as important as the safety of you, your passengers and the other drivers on the road. No text is worth answering when you're behind the wheel, and no destination is worth speeding to get to. If you're not the one driving, be sure to keep whoever is accountable.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can prepare for your next trip, or want to get your vehicle checked beforehand, come see us at Marshall Dry Ridge Toyota in Dry Ridge, KY, at 9 Taft Highway, Dry Ridge, KY 41035. We look forward to serving our customers from Florence, Cincinnati and Lexington.

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