Preparing Car for Road trips with Family

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The Enchanting Road Trips!

Everyone has a desire deep buried in the heart to go on road trip. Epic movies have been devoted outlining how cool is to take a car driving across the beautiful countryside, stopping to admire the view , eating at the roadside eateries, camping on the way at night and numerous such possibilities which can make road trip a memorable move. As said road trip truly defines the theme “When journey is more beautiful than destination.

We at Family on the wheels have been on few such trips in last 3 years including

  • Delhi to Agra
  • Jaipur to Pushkar, Ajmer and Delhi
  • Delhi to Bharatpur 
  • Hill Stations of Maharastra ( Mumbai – Pune – Mahabaleshwar – Lonavala – Matheran – Mumbai )
  • Beaches of Kerala ( Cochi – Munnar – Thekaady – Kumarkaom –  Trivandrum)

And many other getaways across India.

To make such road trips safe and full of pleasant memories, some additional planning is required. Although, no one can predict what you can face on a road trip still some pre-preparation goes long way

Exciting Road trips

Sharing some insights into what must go behind with the car a day before starting on a road trip:

1. Picking  Right Car for Right Terrain :

Everyone Loves to drive their own car and love it  take from mountains to beaches to plains. However, experts say you must pick right car based on the route and destination. So a city car is good for nearby weekend getaway but have a high possibility to give up while climbing steep mountains or going through jungle safari. Even the working of AC units get impacted if you are driving through deserts and cooling is just not enough. So, if required hire the right vehicle from any of renting agencies and then continue your fabulous road trip.

2. Proper Documentation & Permits : 

Check the RC / Insurance / PUC certificates and their validity. Also, obtain any prior approval or In-line permit if required to visit the destination. If you are hiring a rental car, check that it has necessary state permit and tax paid certificates.

3. Preventive Car Servicing :

Get the complete car checkup with a mechanic / authorized service centre. Inform them about the terrain you are going to visit and ensure they do a thorough check-up like a doctor as part of preventive measure. The Major things to look up are GPS & Music System, Brakes, Lights, Clutch Pad, Battery, Coolant, Air Conditioner and Car Tyres .

4. Tool Kits & Spares :

Keep the complete tool kit along with Spare Tyre/tube. Even a foot pump comes handy at odd locations.

5. Extra Cushion and Blankets :

Depending on the Season you are travelling, it may require if you need to take quick nap in the car in night to save on time or cut on cost.

6. Medication :

Road trips can be equally tiring and some travellers do have issue like motion sickness causing one or all of them including nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Consult doctor to take proper medication, even our kid has motion sickness and we keep the prescribed medicine all the time in the car.

7. Miscellaneous items :

Spare Key, Spare Water Bottle, Umbrella, Cans with additional Fuel, Torch, Contact Details of Insurance Helpline number and roadside assistance services must be handy.

Also depending on the terrain, weather and the length of the trip do not forget to seek input from the people who have already covered the place or are specialist for the region.

And most importantly , even after ticking out all the check on “THE LIST”, be open to the challenges road trips throw at you which are going to be the highlight of your real life stories worth sharing . That is what makes a traveler different from a tourist, we are open to expect and experience whatever comes our way.

Hope, the traveler in your heart never stops beating and you keep rolling with “Family on the wheels

Keep Travelling, keep exploring!

23 thoughts on “Preparing Car for Road trips with Family

  1. Its funny that your post is about car maintenance for preparing for a road trip. I just left my car into the mechanic this morning as I was on a road trip in Ireland and my wiper stopped working in the middle of the motorway in the pouring rain. I can’t stress strongly enough the importance of getting you car checked by a mechanic before travelling. Good post!

  2. Very good tips for road trips. I always have my emergency medicine kit in my purse and another one in my car. I will have to make copies of my car registration and insurance policy and keep those in the glove compartment.

  3. We also make the necessary preparations before we go on a road trip. If I could take my house with me in the car I would! Ha ha. Seriously though, one thing I am never without is a flashlight. I keep a small one in my purse and a heavy duty water resistant one in my car.

  4. Beautiful! My girlfriend and I are looking for an interesting place to travel this summer and this might actually help a ton. Sending to her now to see what she thinks 🙂

  5. I love road trips, you have covered some really nice points there. I make sure I always have some extra bottles of water and snacks with me for the trip. I also carry a small plastic container to use as a garbage bin

  6. I know these are some amazing and a must known to know all. But at times due to the trip exictement we forget some simple things. Thanks for sharing

  7. Have gone on many road trips across India so I can say your list is very well put. With some attention to detail travelling can be a wonderful!

  8. Medication is so important and it is obvious to see people forgetting to bring along some …as well, the right car for the right terrain is so proper especially when visiting rough terrains to avoid break-downs. I mean..who would want such an awesome family time to be spoilt when road trips with family are so amazing and helps strengthen family ties

  9. We too love road trips and have traveled far away places by car.. Your post has such useful information on this which is definitely gonna be helpful for those traveling by car for the first time..

  10. These are some great tips for a road trip! #1 especially! You need the right kind of car that can handle whatever terrain you will be driving through!

  11. This list is perfect! Medication is great because you never know what will happen. Also blankets and pillows make all the difference on a long drive.

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