Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, that doesn’t mean the fall and winter road trip season has ended. Christmas and the other major winter holidays are only a few weeks away, so if you’re feverishly making last-minute preparations, don’t overlook the value of heeding these four tips for a safer winter road trip.
Make Sure Your Electronics Are Charged
Whether you have a GPS system add-on for your vehicle, an external backup camera, or phones or tablets for looking up directions, make sure all of your important electronic devices are properly charged. New vehicles, whether they are cars or trucks, should also come equipped with built-in, voice-activated GPS and camera systems to help you see around you without needing to take your attention off the steering wheel, or off the road.
Double Check Weather Forecasts
Whether you’re in Maryland and heading to a different part of the state, or going on a long winter road trip out of state, keep an eye on the weather. Double check forecasts as often as you can, especially if you hear that road conditions are rapidly worsening. Also, you might need to upgrade your windshield wiper blades before you can go anywhere.
Keep an Emergency Kit
When you’re headed out on your winter road trip, it’s better to be safe, and not sorry. An emergency kit is one of those vehicle accessories where you’ll be thankful to have it on hand. After all, it’s better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. Do you have access to an easily transportable air compressor? If you don’t, you should think about acquiring one for your vehicle’s emergency kit. Don’t forget to get your hands on jumper cables and tools to fix, replace, or revive a busted vehicle engine, headlight, or blown out tire!
Get Enough Gas
No matter what vehicle you drive, you’ll need enough gas. Whether it’s a car, truck, SUV or other automobile, nothing can run if you’re low on gas and have no choice but to pull over onto the side of the highway. Whenever possible, make a stop to refuel along the way to your next destination. For best results, strive to keep your gas tank at least half full at all times.
For All of Your Truck Needs
Are you ready for your next winter road trip? Or does your truck need servicing or brand new lift kits and running boards to meet all of your hauling needs first? Trick Trucks is happy to service your vehicle and make sure your truck is in great shape all year long! With over forty years of experience servicing trucks, we have the expertise and equipment you need. Contact Trick Trucks online or by calling 1-866-60-TRICK. To find out more about our services and trucks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.