A Year of Exploring|Car Edition Guide
Ever since I was young I LOVED traveling.
My Mom and Dad use to take my sisters and I on road trips to Canada, Florida, Boston, Atlanta and Nyack annually. With that and moving several times, made me have a heart for discovering new places and that has not stopped. Life is a journey, traveling is a journey thus I’ve enjoyed the “getting to” along with the “being there”.
This year I’ve decided to do more driving and part of that plan is having planned or impromptu road trips at least once a month (2016 goals). So for the month of January, I did an impromptu New Jersey trip and a planned one to Windsor, CT. January and February are the months of snow storms here in the north and it snowed during my trip. It first started in NYC than gradually found its way north to us in Connecticut. So my plans of site seeing were limited, however I did get a chance to see the local library, shopping center and some beautiful architecture of colonial buildings.
Here is a list of tips you should know before going on a road trip.
Road Trip Guide for Beginners
- Rent a car if you can– renting a car has its perks especially if you don’t have your own vehicle. Rental cars are usually in good shape, therefore the chances of it breaking down on you are low. Trust me I have a Maryland story of that happening but we will not go into that now.
- Use your own car– If you are going to use your own car, get it inspected from your mechanic to ensure everything is working as it should especially if its the winter. Let your mechanic know that you plan on taking a road trip. Remember this is their profession and they know more about cars then you.
- Oil check
- Tire pressure
- Windshield wipers (speaking of I need to get mine checked)
- Heat, just to name a few
- Check your glove compartment — Make sure all your paper work is up to date (license, registration and insurance)
- Emergency Kit– Winter
- Emergency/travel Fund in CA$H!
- Lock defroster-Helps when your key can’t fit into your door lock because there is ice in it. My uncle purchased mine for me and the key is to keep it in your purse. It is of no use to you if its in the car….when you need to get in the car.
- FULL tank of gas
- Mini first aid kit.
- Map (Old school) or GPS with charger
- Few bottles of water
- Toiletry bag
- Tunes– I have learned that driving long distances your favorite radio stations changes. I personally love talk radio so; if you are ever on a road trip with me I’ll find a radio station that is talking and join the conversation. Tip: its keep you alert on the road.
- And good company…
March is next month…. lets see where I go next.