How to pack your car for a road trip
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What to pack for a road trip
When it comes to road trip basics, keep in mind that the time you spend in your vehicle is both a means and an end. Sure, it’s required to get you where you’re going, but it should also feel comfortable and enjoyable. Keep that in mind as start narrowing down the pile of stuff on your bed. In the meantime, here is a road trip packing list to help get you started:
Keeping your car road-trip-ready
General car maintenance
Unless this is a spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment thing, it’s worth taking your car in before every long road tip – especially if you find yourself asking when to do maintenance on your car. While a through once-over is never a bad thing, there are a few things in particular you’ll want to go over.
CHECK YOUR TIRES
Having a full set of season-appropriate tires with good tread is a must. So is a spare tire. Make sure they’ve all got the right amount of air, too. Good tire pressure will not only cause your tires to wear slower and more evenly, but it’ll actually improve your fuel economy too.
And in case you don’t already know how to use one, ask your mechanic to show you how to use your car’s jack. That’s one quick lesson you won’t regret learning.
TOP UP YOUR FLUIDS
This might seem like an obvious suggestion, but the fact is there’s probably more fluids in your vehicle than you realize. Windshield wiper fluid, coolant and oil may be the usual suspects, but if you’re going to be spending an extended period of time on the road, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a mechanic check the rest – especially if it's been a while since you last had your vehicle serviced. Just book an appointment at your local INFINITI retailer and ask them to make sure your brake, transmission, and power steering fluids are all looking good.