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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 lot of fun. Whether you're traveling for business or leisure, there are a few things to consider before you leave. At Hunter Nissan, we want your driving experience to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, so we've created a list of tips for how you can be proactive in getting your car and yourself ready for your next road trip. No matter your destination, it's always good to be prepared.

How to Prepare Your Car

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1. Have a mechanic look over your car.

One of the first steps to avoid any problems on the road is to have a mechanic take a look at your car. A multi-point inspection will give you more confidence and peace of mind before you take off. Have the mechanic also check your brakes, especially if you'll be driving through mountains or twisting roads.

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2. Inspect your tires.

It's important 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 ensure you have enough stopping power should you need to brake quickly. If you're not sure about your tires, it's best to have them double-checked at the service department.

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3. Don't overload your vehicle.

If you're traveling alone or with just one other person, you probably won't max-out your car's load. However, if you're traveling with several people, overloading could become a problem. It's important that your rearview window is clear and that nothing obstructs your ability to drive, but it's also important that your vehicle isn't too heavy. A weighed-down vehicle will not handle as well and will have a slower response on the road, potentially causing problems on the interstate when it comes to changing lanes or merging.

How To Prepare Yourself

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1. Charge your devices.

Although your vehicle likely comes with chargers, make sure your phones and devices are charged beforehand, just in case. If you're going to be driving through areas with spotty coverage, the battery on your phone can run down quickly if it's constantly searching for a signal. Data usage also tends to drain a phone's battery.

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2. Bring plenty of supplies.

Aside from your luggage, bring extra supplies for the road. Supplies may include flashlights, extra water and extra jackets during cold seasons. It's also important to bring a first aid kit and tool kit in your vehicle at all times, even on a short road trip.

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3. Bring snacks and coffee.

If you don't drink coffee, pack something to help keep yourself awake. It can be easy to doze off at the wheel, particularly during long, uneventful drives, which endangers you, your passengers and other drivers. At the very least, get a good night's sleep the night before you leave.

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4. Bring a GPS.

Have a passenger navigate for you on their phone or with a map if you don't have a GPS. Even if you have a GPS, it's always a good idea to look over a map before leaving, in case it loses signal or malfunctions. Even if you're a trailblazer who prefers not to use a GPS, it's best to bring one along just in case you take a wrong turn.

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5. Stay safe.

It's crucial to remember that no destination is more important than the lives of you, your passengers and other drivers on the road. When you're behind the wheel, no text is worth answering and no destination is worth speeding to. If you're not driving, keep the driver accountable.

For more information on how to prepare for your next road trip, or if you want to have your vehicle inspected, come see us at Hunter Nissan in Hendersonville, NC, at 1340 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792. We look forward to serving our customers from Asheville, Waynesville and Spartanburg!

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