Get Your Car Clean, Organized, and Ready To Go!
With warmer weather approaching, you’re probably looking forward to getting out of the house more often! Regardless of whether you’re traveling to the park down the road or you’re headed across the country, make sure your car is trip-ready with these tips.
1)CHECK THE BASICS
When was the last time you changed your oil? Do your tires need a little extra air? Are you getting low on gas? How are your coolant and wiper fluid levels? Are your headlights and taillights working properly? Make sure these easy things are all taken care of.
2) LOAD UP YOUR EMERGENCY KIT
You should have an emergency kit in your car at all times that includes at the very least a first aid kit, a flashlight, a tire iron, jack, and a spare tire (larger items obviously don’t need to be in a ‘kit,’ but you should have them in your trunk at all times). Bonus points if you choose to include screwdrivers and wrenches of varying sizes, a chain or thick towing rope, a hammer, and pliers.
And of course, don’t forget to bring along some snacks and drinks – you never know when you might get stuck in traffic with the munchies! You probably don’t want to store food and drinks in the car, though, so grab your treats on the way out the door. Fresh is definitely preferred!
3) INSTALL A PHONE MOUNT
A lot of people forego using paper maps in favor of following directions from their phones. If at all possible, please have a passenger help navigate – it’s important that the driver keep their eyes on the road! However, if you are driving alone, please install a phone mount on your dash so that you can easily reference your map without looking at your lap or taking your hands off of the steering wheel. GPS devices should also be similarly mounted.
If you choose to use your phone for directions, DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE. You already know that you’re putting yourself and everyone around you in danger by texting and driving. If it’s an emergency and you absolutely must respond, either pull over or make a phone call using voice commands.
4) STOCK UP ON DEVICE CHARGERS
Many newer cars have USB ports which you can easily use to charge your phone, tablet, or other small portable electronic devices. Make sure you have all appropriate charging cords in your car. If you do not have access to a USB port, pick up a USB to 12-Volt adapter. In fact, it’s recommended to use a 12-Volt adapter because built-in USB ports are notoriously slow for charging – especially if you’re planning on using the device while it charges.
5) CLEAN UP THE INSIDE
Cars can get messy quickly, and when you’re taking a trip it’s important that your space is tidy. Mess = stress, and you want to be calm when you drive! Pick up all of the clutter and properly store or dispose of it prior to your trip. Use TECH General Purpose Cleaning Wipes to clean leather seats, cup holders, the dash, and any other spot that could use a little TLC. TECH Multi-Purpose Glass Cleaner is good for the inside of your windshield – it will leave your windshield streak-free for better visibility. For cloth seats, keep TECH Stain Remover on hand for spills or other accidents!
Once these five things are all taken care of, you’re ready to get on the road! Enjoy your trip and drive safe!