How to Prepare For a Road Trip | Clinton SC | Near Laurens & Fountain Inn

How to Prepare For a Road Trip in Clinton, SC

Road trips can be the time of your life or your worst nightmare, depending on if you’re prepared or not. If you were to have a problem on the road, you need to have a plan in place or the supplies necessary to, for example, change a tire or be stuck in traffic or bad weather.

Here at Cooper Motor Company, we want every drive you take to be great, thanks to your vehicle. Here’s a few tips to properly prepare for your next big adventure.

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How to Prepare Your Car

1.) Have a mechanic look over your car.

One of the best things you can do to steer clear of any hiccups on the road is to bring your car in for a mechanic to look over. A multi-point inspection permits you to drive with more confidence and peace of mind. You'll also want the mechanic to examine your brakes, especially if you'll be driving on any mountains or twisting roads.

2.) Inspect your tires.

Easily one of the most crucial things to remember when planning for a road trip is to be sure your tires have enough traction. Not only do good tires ensure that your ride on the interstate is smoother, but they can make sure you have enough stopping power if you need to avoid an accident or stop for a pedestrian. Not confident in your tires? It's best to have your service department double-check.

3.) Don't overload your vehicle.

If you're traveling alone, or with just one other person, it's unlikely that you'll max-out your car's load. However, if you're traveling with a family or a group of friends, overloading can be more of a problem. It's important that you can see out of your rear view window and that nothing obstructs your ability to drive, but also that your vehicle isn't too weighed down. A weighed-down vehicle will not handle as well and will be much more sluggish on the road, which can cause problems 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 phone or device is 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. Data usage also tends to use a phone's battery at a quicker rate.

2.) Bring plenty of supplies.

In addition to your luggage, you should try to have extra supplies specifically for the road trip. This could include items such as flashlights, extra water and extra 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 to help yourself stay awake. Particularly during long, straight drives, it can be easy to dose off at the wheel, which endangers you, your passengers and other drivers. At the very least, be sure to get a good night's sleep the night before leaving.

4.) Bring a GPS.

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

5.) Stay safe.

No destination is as important as the lives of you, your passengers and the other drivers on the road. 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, help 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 checked beforehand, come see us at 305 E Main St., Clinton, SC 29325. We look forward to serving our customers from Laurens and Fountain Inn.

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