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Three Essentials for a Long Car Journey

On Monday, January 5th, 2015

It’s coming up to that time of the year that brings people together. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t always nearby. If you’re visiting members of the family over the holiday you might have a long trip ahead of you. Here are three essentials you’ll need for a long journey.

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An Extra Map

Even if you think you know where you’re going, you should bring a map along in case you get into trouble. You never know if you’re usual road might be closed off and you’ll be forced to find an alternate route instead. If you’re taking a GPS system or using an app on your smartphone, remember to bring a backup. While there’s some great apps available for helping you find points of interest and keeping tabs on the weather, an old fashioned Road Atlas will never run out of power and it can be easily be stuffed into any glove compartment. After all, you don’t want to be the butt of everyone’s joke this year because you got lost along the way.

Backup Power

The longer the trip the more chance there’s going to be some problems so make sure your have some backup power. An electricity inverter generator works by using the DC power from your car’s battery and converting it into AC power. This can be used to charge any devices you’ve brought with you like a laptop computer or your smartphone. This is a must if you’re bringing kids along who you need to keep entertained. SGS Engineering current have some great offers on petrol generators for both domestic and commercial use. This is another essential, especially if you’re venturing into uncharted territory. Sometimes you never know when the station is coming up

A Spare Tyre

Before you set off on any long journey, bring along a spare tyre. This might take up some valuable trunk space, but imagine how much time you’ll lose sitting on an isolated country road waiting for AAA. You could you a non-standard/temporary spare if you really need the extra space. These are narrower than your usual tyres which means they’re less durable and shouldn’t be driven on for as long as normal. Most manufacturers don’t recommend driving for over fifty miles on a temporary. If you still don’t know how to attach a spare, put some practice in and learn. Even if it’s only something you have to do once in your life, you’ll be glad you put the time in.

Remember these tips and stay safe on the roads this holiday season. Don’t be caught out because you weren’t prepared.

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