Preparing Your Car for a Trip to Mexico

If the open road is calling you, there’s no better way to satisfy the craving than to hop in the car and road trip down the coast from California to Los Cabos. Wherever your journey begins or wherever the ultimate destination is, there’s more to the story than just tossing your bags in the trunk and firing up the ignition. Long road trips demand proper preparation, especially when it comes to keeping the car in driving condition. There’s nothing worse than having your trip come to an abrupt end because of mechanical difficulties, so make sure you take the proper precautions before the journey and prepare for all the possibilities.

Before You Go

The best way to make sure your car is road ready is to take it in for a full check-up by a certified mechanic. Allow yourself plenty of time for doing so, at least one or two weeks in advance of when you plan to leave. If any problems are detected, this extra cushion of time will ensure there is enough time to order parts and make any necessary mechanical tweaks. There are also plenty of things you can check on yourself. Make sure you check the oil, tires, wiper blades, brakes, the tire air pressure, and inspect the battery. Even with a full safety inspection, you should make sure you know enough to be able to check for these items while on the road. You may want to look into additional insurance or emergency roadside assistance if you don’t already have it.

Packing Smart

What you pack will be partially dependent on your journey. According to Del Mar Escapes, you won’t need heavy winter clothing for driving through Mexico, but no matter where you drive, preparing for the worst and packing smart is the way to go. If you are driving with kids, stock up on all the snacks and water you’ll need along the route. Have the GPS programmed or maps loaded and, in the case of technology failure, you may even want the old-fashioned paper maps. If you don’t already have one, make yourself a car emergency kit that includes, at the very least, a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, and basic tools. Also make sure that you bring along a copy of the car’s warranty, contact information, and emergency care numbers if you should need them. Lastly, don’t pack too much for your car to handle. Check your car’s load capacity and stay in that range, or you may just be inviting an accident.

On the Road

Once everyone is packed and in the car, the number one thing you can do to ensure your road trip is a success is to drive safely. Follow the rules of the road and, if you’re heading into a foreign country, make sure you take extra precaution and know the rules and driving conditions ahead of time. On the road, be patient and plan out if you want to drive during the day or night, keeping traffic in mind. While driving, make sure you take enough breaks or switch roles so the driver is always alert. A GPS device will easily help you find out the number of refreshment and restroom stops available and their frequency.

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