It’s but natural. When you’re facing a chilly winter and all you’ve been doing is stay at home, boredom is bound to find you. Well, there are lots of ways to satisfy your need for adventure. Netflix is one; online games is another. But there’s nothing like a well-planned adventure in the outside world to sizzle the spirit. And rush the adrenaline.
Indeed, there may not be a better time to let yourself loose than in the middle of winter. Santa should not be the only one having his fun ride with Rudolph and all the reindeers, right? Of course, on top of our spirit for adventure, we shouldn’t just let our guards down. Always, always we should have safety measures against COVID-19 in mind.
While there are so many options to pick from, road trips remain one of the most amazing. But be wary. Only fools rush in. Know that many people who braved the snow and rain with nary a plan suffered the consequence. Winter is the time when diseases are at their most aggressive. Things can get ugly pretty fast. Remember, you can get inspired all you want, but you still need to keep things going out. Top of that list: your truck.
But worry no more. Here are 3 quick tips to prep your truck for a winter getaway that’s fun-filled and hassle-free. In short, an adventure of a lifetime.
Check Your Fluids
Fluids are as important to your truck as they are to the human body. Before you hit the road, you must check the fluid levels in your truck. You need to check the radiator fluid, the oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, anti-freeze, brake fluid, and windshield wiper fluid.
Ideally, this should be checked out a week or a few days before the day you make the trip. This is to ensure that any maintenance needed is properly taken care of professionally and in detail.
Plus, forget not. It would be helpful to have spare cans of these fluids with you as you make this trip, especially the motor oil. This is to take care of things if you ever experience any emergency on the road.
Prepare the Essentials
Road trips are fun. However, anything can happen on the road. No matter how prepared you are, there is still a risk of getting stranded. You’ll never know what awaits you. This is why you need to prepare for the unexpected. And that should mean you need to tag along with a portable GPS. This can give you directions when all else fails and make your trip painless.
Additionally, you can download some applications that provide navigation directions on your smartphones. This would help you avoid traffic, tolls, find alternative paths, or plan your rest stops.
Carrying a survival kit is also essential. And this includes a flashlight, extra mobile phone, batteries, fire extinguishers, pliers, screwdrivers, pack flares, air mattresses, and a first aid kit.
Naturally, when going on a long road trip, you will need to carry tons of supplies. And though your truck might be large, there is a good chance that everything you plan to carry won’t fit into it. To avoid leaving some vital things behind, you can opt for a carrier cargo. In this regard, make sure you get a highly-reliable installation of a truck trailer hitch. A good one should be able to get you to your adventure and back home.
Examine Your Tires
Checking your tires is one of your truck’s essential components, as they will contribute to your safety on the road. A lot of people don’t pay attention to this as much. The consequences are dire. Right off the bat, this can put you at risk of accidents.
Therefore, checking the tires is a must. Make sure that the treads provide the appropriate amount of adhesive friction. And if you notice the tread has cracks, cuts, and wear, then you have to get it fixed. Asides from checking for the treads, you also need to check for the pressure of the tires.
Last but definitely not least, it would be good to have a spare tire or two. And yes, it’s best to know how to change tires yourself. After all, the best adventures are those that put you in the hot seat.