Sometimes work requires long drives. Whether you have a job that demands a heavy and lengthy commute or are simply always on the go for client meetings, conventions, or product shows, there are some basic tools and tips you should consider so your car stays in tip-top condition. There are also some tools that can save you a buck while you’re on the road.
Smartphones have made car travel a whole lot less exciting, but also less frustrating. Never get lost again, with maps. However, there are some other car apps you might not have heard of that are invaluable for those who work and live in their cars.
GasBuddy is an app that lets you find the cheapest or closest gas station. Use the list and pick the station of your choice, the app will then navigate you to that station. You can also browse the map of nearby gas stations.
Repair Pal is also a handy app that lets you designate your make and model of car, and what repair you need. The app then finds a collection of auto mechanics and even gives you an estimate on how much it will cost.
Keep track of your mileage easily with the MileIQ app. This app keeps track of your miles and also gives you an estimate of how much money you’ve burned in the gas tank. This app is especially good for those who get reimbursed for miles by employers.
Car maintenance is important all the time, but especially when you drive thousands of miles on a regular basis. Before you leave on a work road trip, make sure your oil has been changed and checked. Refill the wiper fluid, and replace wipers if needed. Refill you radiator with a 1:1 mixture of antifreeze and water.
Check your tires for wear and make sure you have a spare that is capable. You can check your tires with nothing more than a quarter and a penny. If your tread doesn’t pass the coin test, it’s time to replace your tires.
No frequent driver should be without a roadside assistance membership – they’re great for breakdowns, when you accidentally lock your keys in the car, or any other car trouble you find yourself in. With a AAA membership, for instance, you are granted three assistance incidences each year. This includes tows of up to 100 miles. You can usually also get roadside insurance added to your car insurance plan.
A savvy driver also has an extensive car kit. This includes a first aid kit with badges, Ibuprofen, gauze, and antibiotic ointment for small cuts and burns. The car kit should also include a fire extinguisher, road flares, light provisions, a blanket and water. Spare cash is recommended for long trips, as is a supply of toiletries and hand sanitizer.
Hopefully you won’t need any of these emergency supplies, and with the right preparation you shouldn’t. However, while on the road you must be prepared for the unexpected.