Whether for a weekend, for a few days or for holidays, before you hit the road, make sure you have not forgotten anything. From vehicle documentation to roof box to tire pressure.
Do not overlook any detail if you do not want your unforgettable holiday to become a memorable nightmare.
Anticipate the revision of your car
Caution is the mother of safety. If your vehicle is flirting with the overhaul, do not wait until the end of the vacation to take it to the garage.
A car report can highlight a possible mechanical fault that previously went unnoticed, and you avoid the fateful failure in the middle of the highway.
Check the condition of the tires and measure their pressure
Tires are the parts of your vehicle that are in direct contact with the road. If they are too worn or not inflated enough, you lose grip and handling. Optimum tire inflation is essential for your safety, especially if you are traveling long distances and your trunk is full.
Consult your garage or respect the values recommended by the manufacturer, indicated in the instructions for use of your car. Be aware that worn or poorly inflated tires greatly increase the fuel consumption of your vehicle.
Check your levels and fires
An upgrade is required before taking the road holidays: oil, windshield washer fluid, coolant, brake fluid … All your lights must of course work properly.
Think about the position of the headlights that you may need to adjust if your vehicle needs to be loaded. Always have engine oil and a box of bulbs in your trunk.
Smartly fill the trunk of your vehicle
If the volume of your chest is reduced, you will certainly need to use your common sense and your Tetris player skills. Perform this task the day before departure, with complete peace of mind. Large suitcases are placed first, at the bottom of the trunk. Backpacks, sports bags, towels and pillows can be stowed between suitcases.
The rear shelf is reserved for light and light items that do not reduce your visibility, such as jackets. If necessary, consider installing a roof box. Buy it well in advance so you do not run at the last minute. Consider the maximum load at the time of purchase.
Plan your route in advance, taking into account the traffic jams
Road maps, GPS, Smartphone applications: you are free to organize yourself as you want, as long as you do not get lost. Some mobile applications inform you in real time of the state of the traffic, alert you in case of traffic jams or accidents and offer you an alternative route.
Choosing the departure time is important for traveling in peace. Ride at night if possible and above all, stop regularly to take breaks.
Plan a double of the keys
No, leaving your keys inside the vehicle or losing them in the sand does not only happen to others. Take a double with you, slip it into a corner of your bag or leave it with one of the passengers.
Prepare all your papers
You are so concerned about your car, your suitcases and the logistics of your vacation that you might forget the most important: the papers. Passport, identity card, driver’s license, registration card, warranty card, insurance certificate…
Review the documentation before putting it in a pocket. Place the pouch under your seat or in the glove box the day before departure. Ready to hit the road? Before you start, have your credit card handy to cover all your vacation expenses… starting with the tolls.