– by Cindy Jobs* –
Some of us do our best thinking on the open road and for us it’s a pleasure to hit the road and drive. Whether you are taking a long road trip or just heading out for a quick trip, you’ll want to make sure your car is in tip-top shape and stocked with essentials so you head off trouble-free and ready for loads of fun.
Have Your Trusted Car Mechanic Check
Have at least these services done
- ___ Check the battery and plugs
- ___ Check the belts and coolant levels
- ___ Make sure the tires have plenty of tread and the right tire pressure
- ___ Check the air and cabin filters (prevents damage and you get clean fresh air)
- ___ Change the oil (what a happy engine you get)
- ___ Check wiper blades (it’s nice to see out in the rain)
Clean and Protect Your Car
Free yourself from clutter and dirt
- ___ Take out all the unseasonable clothes and put them back in the closet
- ___ Fill up a trash bag with any garbage stuff and recycle what’s left
- ___ Vacuum both the seats and floors thoroughly
- ___ Protect the interior with a good leather or vinyl protector (smells so good)
- ___ Repair any scratches (you’ll avoid rust or corrosion)
- ___ Wash and wax at the car wash (get the extras this time)
Stock Your Car with Essentials
Free yourself from worry by having these on hand
- ___ Vehicle manual in case of breakdown or questions
- ___ Jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, flares, warning triangle, and security vest
- ___ Extra windshield washer fluid, coolant, and a fire extinguisher.
- ___ Small tool kit
- ___ First aid kit
- ___ Flashlight (be sure to check batteries)
- ___ Cell phone charger
- ___ Pencil and notebook
- ___ Snacks that won’t melt if the car gets warm
- ___ Lots of water to cover the time you’ll be in the car on any particular day.
Drive safe and enjoy!
*Cindy Jobs is a Professional Organizer working in the Greater Seattle area and Kittitas County. She has an extensive background in organization, workflow, and process improvement and is certified by the Project Management Institute and Six Sigma. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICP).