Going on a business trip is always exciting and promising for startup company owners. It can always mean a chance to close a deal, an opportunity to grow your connections, or learn new things about doing business and improving your skills as an entrepreneur and company owner.
However, some road trips may lead you to the wrong places, especially if you failed to prepare your vehicle properly before driving long miles. Before you jump into your car and start your engine, it is important that your vehicle is on its tip-top state and well-suited for your business journey—literally. Your vehicle should be in good condition and should be running smoothly so that the chances of accidents or breaking down in the middle of nowhere could be lessened.
Preparing your vehicle for a long business trip should not be done a day or two before your scheduled trip. It should be done a week or two before it to make needed repairs and adjustments for your car. Just like listing down your itinerary or clothes to pack, it would also be helpful if you list down the things you should check and plan.
Schedule a checkup
One of the best ways to know which parts or areas of your vehicle needs work on is by scheduling a checkup with your trusted mechanic. Professionals will perform basic maintenance on your vehicle before you head out such as checking wipers and fluid levels. They can also do as oil changes or tune-ups that will make the condition of your vehicle only better and fit for long drives.
Check out wipers, filters, etc.
Many car owners often neglect the condition of windshield wipers, air and pollen filters, and other smaller parts of the engine that doesn’t need too much attention. No matter how small they seem, they play a big part in the smooth running of your vehicle. Before your planned business trip, check out your wiper blades, pollen filters or car cabin, and air filters and make sure they are in good condition. If they are starting to deteriorate—which is just normal for older cars, replace them. Most auto shops offer replacement parts for those. This will improve the vehicle’s performance and efficiency.
Plan your route
Knowing your route beforehand will help you get where you’re going, making it easy to find gas stations or restaurants along the way, especially when unexpected emergencies or accidents happen. Bringing traffic-enabled devices can also warn of roadway congestion, and all units can assist in finding an alternate route. Just make sure that you don’t use it or get distracted by it when you drive.
Use the right set of tires
Imagine having a flat tire on your way to your business meeting. This will lead to an unfortunate set of events—you can be late, you can miss a huge part of it, and worse, it can give you a bad first impression to your potential clients and customers. Not all car owners know that their route may take a great toll on the performance of their vehicle, especially on their tires. Know the itinerary and routes of your business trip beforehand to make sure you are using the right kind of tires for your trip. It would also be best if you opt to change your tires and choose the ones that are known to be durable and dependable. These options can be more expensive than the others, but you know you’re guaranteed to a safe, hassle-free, and long-lasting quality set of tires for your vehicle. Startup company owners should have cars with high quality and dependable cars—not just to show off your status, it is also needed for efficiency and professionalism, given the nature of your business.
Moreover, you should also assess the air pressure of your tires and make sure there are no bulges and holes. Moreover, for any tears or bulges in the side wall. The tires should have a good amount of tread left. The easiest way to measure this, if you don’t have a gauge, is to hold a quarter upside down in the tread. If the tire treads are worn out, you have to change tires as soon as possible.
Keep an emergency kit
The only thing worse than breaking down is breaking down on a busy stretch of highway without the necessary equipment to make sure you and your passengers remain safe. It should include medical supplies, a first aid kit, medicines, food, water, extra clothes, etc. Additionally, an emergency kit should also cater to your car. Make sure you have a spare tire, oils, a flashlight, rags, extra spark plugs, and anything else recommended by your trusted mechanic.
In addition, you should make a checklist of items to pack in a car survival kit. These can include:
A chain or think towing rope
Electric charger wire
Screwdrivers and wrenches of different sizes
At the same time, familiarize yourself with basic car repairs and fixes so you can put these tools into good use.
Once preparing your vehicle for your business trip is done, you should acknowledge that the next thing to prepare is yourself—not just for your business meetings—study and know some tips for effective driving. After all, you may not be a part of your car, but if you’re not functioning properly, your car’s condition really doesn’t matter. Know your limits and plan your trip around them.
With proper preparation before a trip and a good attitude during a journey, you can make sure you not only survive a long business trip – but also enjoy it. As the cliché goes, “it is better to be safe than sorry.”, or “prevention is better than cure.” True enough, while accidents can happen anywhere, any time, and to anyone, you can only prepare for the worst, rather than prevent it from happening.