There’s nothing worse than packing up the car and hitting the road for a long trip and then realizing you left something at home or discovering that your key fob battery has died halfway to your destination. Avoid unnecessary pit stops by checking this list before getting behind the wheel.
1. According to the AAA, most breakdowns can be prevented by having your car serviced before your journey. Head to a mechanic at least a week in advance to have the oil and tire pressure checked and ensure that the battery, brakes, and engine are working properly.
2. While a growing number of new cars come with inflation kits, most still don’t have spare tires, including rental cars. If you have a run-flat or doughnut tire, remember that those are intended for short-term use until the flat tire can be fully repaired or replaced. Consider investing in a spare-tire kit, which includes a tire, jack, and lug wrench,
for $150 to $300.
3. Pack an emergency kit that has distilled water, a battery charger, a first-aid kit, jumper cables, and flares or reflectors. Learn how to use the jumper cables before getting on the road. Look for video tutorials on YouTube.