The spontaneous road trip is a staple piece of Americana. To make it a smooth, and fun journey, you’ll want to make sure you and your vehicle are road trip ready. Check out our suggestions for being road trip ready at a moment’s notice!
Take Care of Maintenance
Is your car due for an oil change in a month? Was something starting to squeak? Make an appointment at an AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility and get everything taken care of at the beginning of the summer. AAA Members receive a discount on labor at Approved facilities, and can receive a complimentary maintenance inspection with any paid service.
Make sure your get your battery tested as well. AAA Battery Technicians will come out to you to test your battery, starter, and alternator. It is especially important to check your battery as warmer weather comes, heat can affect its performance. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 1-800-222-4357.
Get Your Maps
Sure, there is GPS and Google Maps, but what if you decide to go see what’s down the road over there and suddenly there’s no cell service? Paper maps, at least of your general area, or anywhere else you’re planning to travel, are a great option for those just-in-case situations. Pick them up at your local AAA Service Center, check out these online road trip tools, or download the AAA Mobile app
AAA recommends keeping an emergency road kit (like the AAA Premium Traveler Road Kit, AAA Member Price $44.99) in your car at all times in order to prevent an inconvenience from becoming an emergency. While you can make your kit yourself, the AAA Road Kit contains all the basics. These include jumper cables, a flashlight, first aid supplies, and much more!
Make Sure You’re Covered
Make sure you have the right level of AAA membership for you. It’s also a good idea to ensure you have proper auto insurance coverage as well.