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5 SUV Must Dos And Must Haves For A Road Trip

Car travel is increasingly popular, with Americans experiencing fun-filled adventures, observing beautiful landscapes and collecting joyous moments  — and often in an SUV.

But what cars are becoming Americans’ first choice to travel? Industry data details that sport utility vehicles outsold sedans two to one in 2019. And the trend is expected to grow.

Traveling lomg distances in an SUV can be great fun as long it's properly maintained and safe for a trip.
Car travel is increasingly popular, with Americans experiencing fun-filled adventures, observing beautiful landscapes and collecting joyous moments  — and often in an SUV.

Sport utility vehicles are popular for their practicality, clearance height, power and cargo space. With the growing trend of SUVs, car riders need to plan and prepare for long road journeys.

Here’s a list of essentials for traveling in your SUV:

Maintenance

Cars need maintenance, with particular importance on long journeys. To make your trip as smooth and safe as possible, make sure to do the following:

 

Traveling in an SUV is an excellent way for families to see the country. Making certain a vehicle is in top mechanical shape and safe is imperative.
Traveling in an SUV is an excellent way for families to see the country. Making certain a vehicle is in top mechanical shape and safe is imperative.

Check your exhaust system — If your engine makes a popping or hissing noise, your exhaust system should be promptly checked. A bad exhaust system can result in poor fuel efficiency and increase bad engine performance.

Check the steering and suspension system — If the steering is loose or the mounts are worn out, they’ll need to be checked and adjusted.

Check the Tires — Most road trips are hindered by a flat tire, and it can happen anywhere. Before departing on a long trip, have your tires examined by a trained technician.

Tire Alignment — Make certain wheels are properly balanced and aligned to keep the car’s momentum and balance intact.

Tire pressure — Use the manufacturer’s recommended pressure and double-check so the tires aren’t under or over-inflated.

Tire condition — Check the tire treads and patterns. A bad tire tread will result in poor friction between the tires and the road, possibly resulting in a severe accident.

SUV accident lawyers report bad tire conditions as a leading cause of accidents and injury cases. A full inspection can determine tire imbalance and misalignment. Fixing the problem ensures tire safety and increase longevity.

Check the braking system — Examine the braking system, including drums, rotors, pads and brake fluid, etc. A properly working braking system can protect a vehicle and its occupant from the perils of the road. It’s also important to change the fluids and ensure all the lights working properly.

Proper Storage Options

A road trip means you need clothes, food and other accessories. Proper organization is essential. Stacking boxes can help ensure easy access to items needed at the different parts of the trip. Categorize and label your boxes, such as clothes, toiletries and amenities, first-aid and emergency kits, tool and repair boxes, food and beverage

Check Anchor Points

Avoid overloading your SUV. But if you have extra luggage you want to keep on the roof rack make sure the maximum pressure is on the anchor points.

Proper Insurance

Confirm you have the proper insurance policy, with coverage specific to make, model and type of SUV as well as adjustment for extreme weather and unusual road conditions.

Cleaning Supplies

Road trips can be long, so make sure you have the proper amenities, including supplies for the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Being well prepared for a road trip in your SUV will help ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure.

Content provided by The Weekly Driver News Service and additional news sources.

 

 


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