Preparing Your House and Vehicle For an Extended Road Trip

Posted On Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:16

If you're planning an epic road trip that will take you and your friends and family across the country, you're going to want to read this first. Many people spend months, even years, planning their road trip, while others prefer to fly by the seat of their pants, leaving everything up to chance. However, when it comes to making sure you have everything you need to avoid emergencies both on the road and back at home while you're gone, a little planning goes a long way. Here are some of the things you should think about prior to hitting the open road.

For Your Home:

Think about the Thermostat

Will you be leaving your house unattended during the winter months? If so, make sure your thermostat is set to at least 55 degrees. This will keep your house warm enough to prevent freezing and bursting water pipes, which can cause severe flooding and water damage. If you're taking a trip during warmer weather, leaving the air conditioning unit on will help prevent mold, mildew, and other conditions caused by heat and humidity. Set your thermostat to 85 degrees or less to control the usage of the AC.

Turn Water Off

If you are going to be gone for an extra-long period of time, turning off your main water line while you're away can help prevent a lot of problems, like undetected leaks that can result in considerable water damage and costly repairs when you get back. After shutting off the main water valve, let your kitchen and bathroom faucets run dry, ensuring that no water is left in the pipes.  Please keep in mind that it's not a good idea to shut your water off completely if your sprinkler system needs to run while you are away, your hot water heater is needing to be on, or if you have a heating system that operates with steam radiators or hot water. 

Wrap Toilet Bowls With Plastic Wrap

This tip sounds like a juvenile prank but it can save you from one stinky surprise upon your return! Wrapping your toilet bowls with plastic cling wrap prevents funky sewer fumes from entering your home. Pro Tip: Be sure to mark the cling wrap with a big black "X" or another warning symbol to prevent anyone from accidentally using the toilet with the wrap in place.

For Your Car:

Keep it Clean

If you're going to be spending hours on end cooped up in this vehicle as you drive from checkpoint to checkpoint on your journey, you and your travel mates probably won't enjoy being in a car that is littered with assorted food wrappers, junk mail, soda cans, and miscellaneous items from your closet. By making sure your car is clean, tidy, uncluttered, and good-smelling, you can ensure a more comfortable trip for both you and your passengers. 

Get Covered

Even if your car is relatively new and in the best of health, there's always a chance something could go wrong when you're driving for miles and miles each day. Minor issues like flat tires and batteries in need of a jumpstart can cause a mild annoyance and derail your travels for a couple of hours- not to mention the catastrophe you could be facing if anything major breaks down and leaves you stranded hundreds of miles from home. Investing in an extended car warranty can save you a world of trouble if you find yourself in need of an unexpected repair.

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Get a Check-Up

Speaking of auto repairs, it's always a good idea to visit your local auto repair center for scheduled routine maintenance before you hit the road. Your auto technician will change your vehicle's oil, rotate the tires, check fluid levels and more to ensure that your car has a clean bill of health before the start of your road trip. Make your auto check-up appointment for at least a week before your trip is scheduled to begin. That way if the mechanic uncovers an underlying issue, there's time to get it fixed without wrecking your itinerary!

Follow a Loose Plan

We know, we know- half of the fun of a road trip is the spontaneity! We're all for a little unexpected side trip to see the world's largest waffle, but it's not a bad idea to have at least a loose itinerary planned. Sit down with your friends and a good old-fashioned paper map of the country a week or so before embarking on your trip, and plan out your basic route based on what you want to accomplish most on your journey. Not only will this map serve as a rough idea of where you're headed, but it will also be an awesome post-trip keepsake of your memorable adventure!

No matter where your road trip takes you this summer, we hope you have a vacation you will always remember! By taking a few safety precautions, planning ahead, and being prepared for anything you may encounter, you'll be on the road to the best time ever!

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