How-to’s:Hitting the Road

Step-by-step Hitting the Road

Whether a month-long trek across country or a day outing to a desolate beach is your idea of a perfect road trip, no summer is complete without one. But just as salty snacks, delicious drinks and great company are essential to the ride, so are these simple steps to get your vehicle ready inside, outside and roadside to take you just about anywhere.

  1. Inside: Examine your car inside and out for a diehard road trip inspection, starting under the hood. Check the oil and coolant levels, filters and your DieHard Platinum automotive battery connections to make sure your engine has the fluids and power it needs to take you anywhere you want to go.

    If your air conditioning unit is on the fritz, hot summer temperatures will damage it further, so don't take your chances and get it repaired before you hit the road.

    And what's a road trip without some blasting tunes, great photo ops and an awesome navigating system? With the DieHard Universal Power and Adapter Kit you can keep all your portable electronics charged and ready for action to make your trip the best one yet.
  2. Outside: While cruising with your windows down and music blaring, your windshield will collect an increasing amount of unwanted bugs and dirt. Don't get stuck straining to see through the smears — be sure to replace your wipers and top off your wiper fluid before hitting the road.

    There's nothing like a flat tire to deflate your road trip, so it's a good idea to check the pressure on all your tires, including the spare, and fill if necessary.

    Need a break from the car? With the DieHard Power Inverter, you can convert your vehicle's 12-volt DieHard Platinum automotive battery into 110-volt AC household power, allowing you to hook up your TV, stereo, laptop and even household appliances during pit stops.
  3. Roadside: Although you can't guarantee your road trip will be free of flat tires, overheating engines and unintentional detours, you can be prepared to face all possible situations.

    Have some fresh oil and antifreeze on hand along with jumper cables, a working jack and your car manual to get you up and running as quickly as possible. GPS systems are great resources, but be sure to keep a paper map on hand for backup.

    And don't forget your DieHard Universal Power and Adapter Kit to keep your cell phone charged to call for a tow truck or search for the nearest auto repair shop.