Ways To Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip - Service Research from Carr Chevrolet

The thrill of the open road. The excitement of seeing new places or familiar people. The frustration of a kid having to use the restroom 15 minutes after leaving the last gas station for 100 miles. There's really nothing quite like a good road trip. Of course, "good" is the operative word--a bad road trip can be a miserable experience for everyone involved. We're here to help. This article gives you four ways to make sure that you and your car are ready for the trip. We can't promise that nothing will go wrong on the road, but we can help you make it less likely.

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4. Prepare for the Worst

Even if you're planning a trip that's just a few hours away, it's best to always be prepared. Make certain that your Chevy is equipped with an emergency roadside kit in case of a breakdown. Tools, jumper cables, and other maintenance items are important. Make sure also that you have your tire iron, jack, and spare tire in the vehicle. It's also a good idea to include things for people, as well--including a first aid kit, thermal blankets, and a change of clothes and shoes. If you're going anywhere where snow is a possibility, bring chains, a shovel, and road salt.

 
A close-up of the all-weather floor mat in a 2019 Chevy Colorado

3. Keep the Inside of Your Vehicle Protected

The interior of your Chevy can take quite a beating during a road trip, especially if kids are involved. Crumbs and trash can quickly overwhelm the rear seats, and spills always seem to happen. And if your road trip involves any amount of mud, the floor mats may quickly become filthy. However, there are ways to help protect the interior of your Chevrolet.

For trash, we recommend bringing several trash bags along. Having these in your car is great for emergencies, as well as for throwing empty food wrappers and bottles away. All-weather floor mats can help protect the interior of your vehicle from muddy shoes and some spills. They'll keep your floor in great condition, and they're easy to clean!

2. Get Your Car Inspected

When you're about to head out on a road trip, be sure to bring your Chevy to an authorized service center for an inspection. Let the service advisor know that you're headed on a road trip, and they'll be sure to pay special attention to systems and components that are more likely to experience strain during a long trip. If you need any maintenance before heading out, they'll let you know.

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1. Prepare a Road Trip Checklist

Being prepared is always preferable to being unprepared. That's why we recommend making a checklist beforehand. This way, it's harder to forget anything. In addition to the items we mentioned earlier, you can use the checklist to make sure you have all the luggage you need, as well as food, drinks, and entertainment. Check each item off the list as you go. Just make sure that you don't wait until the last moment to make the list--this makes it easier to accidentally overlook something.

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