How to Prepare For a Road Trip | Vestal NY | Near Binghamton, Elmira & Ithaca

How to Prepare For a Road Trip in Vestal, NY

Road-tripping is often an enjoyable and sometimes even therapeutic experience for divers. However, as with driving in general, there are plenty of obstacles that can make a great trip quickly turn sour. Without proper planning, your journey could get a lot more complicated.

At Serafini Nissan, we want our customers to have an enjoyable driving experience, and that doesn't just include the test-drive. Because of that, we've made a list of points to consider when it comes to planning for your next road trip. Keep reading to help ensure your next adventure is as enjoyable as you'd hoped it would be!

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1.) Have a mechanic look over your car.

One of the best things you can do to avoid difficulties on the road is to take your car in for a mechanic to examine. A multi-point inspection helps you drive with more confidence and peace of mind. You'll also want the mechanic to check your brakes, especially if you'll be driving through any mountains or twisting roads.

2.) Inspect your tires.

One of the most important things to remember when planning for your road trip is to make sure your tires have plenty of traction. Not only do good tires help keep your ride on the interstate less bumpy, but they can ensure you have enough stopping power should you need to avoid an accident or stop for an obstacle in the road. If you're unsure about your tires, it's a good idea to have your service department double-check them.

3.) Don't overload your vehicle.

If you're traveling with only one other person or by yourself, it's fairly unlikely that you'll max-out your car's load. However, if you're traveling with a family or a group of friends, you're more likely to run out of space. It's important that your rear view window isn't blocked and that nothing obstructs your ability to drive, but also that your vehicle isn't too heavy. A weighed-down vehicle will not handle as well and will be much slower on the road, which can cause issues on the interstate when it comes to changing lanes and merging.

How To Prepare Yourself

1.) Charge your devices.

Even if you have car chargers, it's best to make sure your phones or devices are charged beforehand. For phones, especially if you're going through areas with spotty coverage, the battery can run down quickly if it's constantly searching for signal. This can also use a phone's battery at a quicker rate.

2.) Bring plenty of supplies.

In addition to your luggage, it's important to have extra supplies for your road trip. This could include items such as flashlights, extra water and jackets during cold seasons. It's also crucial that you always have a first aid kit and tool kit in your vehicle at all times, even if you're not on a long road trip.

3.) Bring snacks and coffee.

If you don't drink coffee, bring something else to help stay awake. It can be easy to dose off at the wheel, especially when driving on long, straight stretches of road. This endangers you, your passengers and other drivers. At the very least, be sure to get a good night's sleep before leaving.

4.) Bring a GPS.

If you don't have a GPS, have ask your passenger to navigate for you on their phone or with a map. It's best to glance at a map before leaving, in case your GPS loses signal or doesn't work properly. Even if you're a trailblazer who doesn't need the help of a GPS, it's best to bring one along just in case you take a wrong turn somewhere down the road.

5.) Stay safe.

The most important thing to remember is that no destination is as important as your safety and the safety of your passengers and other drivers. No text is worth answering when you're behind the wheel, and no destination is worth speeding to get to. If you're not the one driving, be sure to keep keep whoever is accountable.

If you're interested in learning more about how to prepare your vehicle for your next trip, or want to get it examined beforehand, come see us at Serafini Nissan in Vestal, NY, at 3101 Vestal Parkway E, Vestal, NY 13850. We look forward to serving our customers from Binghamton, Elmira & Ithaca!