5 Things Every Traveler Should Know About Cars

Are you often absent from home and need to leave your car unattended? Or do you love road trips more than anything and take every chance you get to go on an adventure with your car? Well, no matter what type of traveler you are, you need to know a few things about cars. Here are the five most important things to keep in mind.

How do you pick your vehicle?

Get insurance

Safety is always important when you’re traveling, especially if you’re traveling by car. So, make sure not to leave your home without comprehensive car insurance. This package will keep you insured in case of vandalism, theft, or some natural phenomena that may cause damage to your vehicle. When you travel in new places and park in unfamiliar parking lots, this coverage will help you sleep much better.

Leave your car safely

If you’re a frequent traveler and just want to know that your car is safe wherever you left it, you need to know a few tricks. Leaving for a few weeks means you can leave your car in your locked garage, but if your longer absence requires you to rent your home, you might want to book a storage compartment for safekeeping. On the other hand, if you love to use your own transport to and from the airport, check out airport parking, or even better, off-airport parking. Off-airport parking lots usually offer free shuttle service to the airport and great rates, especially for longer stays.

Make sure it is properly parked.

Consider selling your car

If you’re planning to travel the world and stay away for a year or two, you might want to consider selling your car. A car that just stands in storage will quickly lose value and get broken, so expect to spend a lot of money on maintenance and storage fees when you come home. So if you live somewhere like Australia, where you can sell your car quickly and easily, do so before your big trip. If you find a good car selling service, it’s very easy to sell your car in Sydney and get a good amount of money you can use for traveling. Don’t want to waste time on hitting car lots? Some agencies come to you, pick up the car and leave you with your money!

Prepare your car for a road trip

If you’re traveling by car, you need to get it ready for your long trip. Book a visit to a mechanic and tell them to inspect everything from your fluid levels to your tires, brakes and lights. Make sure to see a professional a few weeks before your trip in case you need to wait for the mechanic to fix your car or order some spare parts. If you want to have an extra comfortable and safe trip, you might even opt for professional washing, polishing and detailing. A good wash and polish will not only make your car sparkle in the sun, but it can also keep it safe from surface damage and elements.

Pack your things in advance before any road trip.

Pick the right vehicle

If you’re renting, you have a large choice of different vehicles at your disposal. Picking the right car for your travel adventure might make a difference between a comfy trip and disaster, so choose wisely. If you’re sticking to paved roads, opt for a street vehicle—these offer comfort and fuel efficiency you need. However, if you’re planning to take your car off the road, an SUV or a 4WD vehicle might be your best choice. These will take you over any terrain and ensure you don’t get stranded somewhere in the middle of the desert or forest.

Traveling by car can be a great way to explore the world and get some peace and quiet while you’re on the road. If you’re not a fan of driving, leaving your vehicle safely at home should be your priority. No matter on which side of the traveler spectrum you fall, these tips will ensure your car is taken care off.

27 thoughts on “5 Things Every Traveler Should Know About Cars”

  1. These are all great tips especially for travelers. However, now where we are advised to stay at home, Im saving these tips for future reference. I can’t wait to move from one place to another again…

  2. Some good ideas here. I find that car share services like enterprise rent-a-car, Uber can be more cost-effective when travelling with companions. Really depends on the situation.

  3. Great tips that most travelers won’t consider. That is amazing that you can get such a good resale value for cars in AU.

  4. These are great tips. If you travel frequently and abroad, I think selling your car is actually really smart, especially if you live in a metro area where you can take a train or subway and then easily walk to your destination.

  5. I must say you’ve really gone through every detail on this stuff. It’s very informative especially to us that has zero knowledge on this kind of thing. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Those are all great things to know about cars if traveling. It is always a good idea to have the car serviced before a road trip. Last thing you want is for it to break down while traveling. and if you are going to be gone long term, selling it is a great idea. Or at the very least, pause or remove the insurance, so you aren’t paying for something you aren’t driving. And if you have a car payment, another reason to sell it, so you aren’t paying a car payment on a car you aren’t driving. haha

  7. Good tips! As someone who travels a lot, I only recently started renting cars for roadtrips and such, and you are so right about all these things, especially picking the right vehicle.

  8. Picking up the right car is so important. I remember my trip in Cyprus, we rented a small car, so we can easily navigate around the small island cities. Didn’t realise will be so difficult to get with it in the mountains area.

  9. Nothing is more important, when you embark on a journey that sees the car as the main means of transport, all these small precautions that are not that small. For me they are “discounted” but only because I travel a lot and only and exclusively by car!

  10. This is so timely as I am actually starting a new job tommorrow for a big car company haha. Thank you for sharing this post. I am going to keep tabs on this 🙂

  11. I definitely know that my personal, every day car would not make it on a road trip. My husband and I have rented a car before when we flew from WA to CA and that was pretty fun. Thanks for the tips!

  12. I think it’s so important to pick the right vehicle! We used to have a really small car and could never fit in everything we needed for our road trips!

  13. So many awesome tips for car owners! Especially if you plan to go on a lot of road trips or travel often. Thank you so much for taking the time to put these tips together for us! 🙂

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