Going on a road trip provides an opportunity for adventure and experiences of life on the ground in a variety of areas of the country. However, a successful road trip requires good planning to prepare for problems that can occur along the way. Road and weather conditions can put additional strains on your vehicle. You should always carry tools, a jack, extra oil, water and a spare tire. Also consider a number of additional items that you might need in an emergency.
1– Extra Hoses
Unless you have recently replaced all the hoses in your vehicle, bring along extra coolant hoses, radiator hoses and vacuum hose. You may experience extreme heat, cold or rainfall that has a significant effect on equipment. Having these items on hand will allow you to make a simple repair and be back on the road in no time at all. Also carry some clamps in various sizes to make these repairs easily.
2– Spare Flashlight
A flashlight should be standard equipment in your vehicle, but it is especially important on road trips when it may be needed during a breakdown or other emergency. You should even bring a spare in case the first one stops functioning. Flashlights can help you to make minor repairs on the road or signal for help in emergency situations. Also keep extra batteries with you at all times. Extra bulbs can also ensure that the flashlight is fully operational when needed.
3– Bulbs and Fuses
Keeping a few extra bulbs and fuses on-hand for your trip can save you time searching for an auto parts store when you’re in unfamiliar territory. Lights are important safety equipment that you should always have in good working conditions, particularly in terrain with winding roads or other hazards. Fuses operate some of your most critical equipment. Keep extra fuses tucked away in glove compartment or truck for easy replacement.
4– Spare Trailer Tire
If you will be using a trailer to haul additional items on your trip, consider packing an extra trailer tire. There’s no greater inconvenience than experiencing tire trouble in some remote spot on the road with few options for finding a suitably sized tire for your trailer. Carrying an extra will save you time and aggravation when you can simple replace the tire and resume your trip. Carlisle trailer tires can outfit your trip so that you are prepared for any eventuality.