- Select a car that is appropriate for your journey, either an SUV
for a mountain drive, or a sedan or hatchback for regular journey.
- Make sure that the car is in good condition. You should check
the condition of the belts and fluids and make sure that the tyres are inflated
to the proper pressure.Have
the car serviced prior to the journey, get the spare tyre checked and on the day of
the journey make sure the tyre pressure is correct.
- If you are not the owner of the car then learn about situations which will help you diagnose the problem with the car if any arises.
- Be sure to have an idea of the conditions ahead for example
state of the road, weather, block outs, etc.
- Plan ahead. Know where you are going to have to stop for fuel,
refreshments and comfort breaks, how long it will take to get there and
alternative routes in case of major traffic jams or accidents.
- Do not rely on the GPS installed on your phone. Considering that
a lot of interior parts in India will not have network, which will leave you stranded.
Instead invest in a standalone GPS device or borrow one. If possible also carry
a paper map along with you.
- Have things you will need such as passport, drivers' license,
money and change for parking and road tolls - all within easy reach.
- Ensure enough food supplies and water. Carry adequate food that
has a long shelf life (chips, cookies, biscuits, cereal, nuts, dry fruits
etc), chocolates (for keeping you warm and to provide an instant boost of
energy). Do not consume water from suspect sources - falling ill due to
water borne disease is very disheartening.
- Check if you have enough fuel in the tank - fill up wherever you can. Also
have a container to hold fuel that can be used as back-up.
- Pack supplies depending on the type of journey and duration.
Some of the important ones to have are the first-aid kit and cash (there is no
guarantee that ATM’s are available and they work).
- Charge all electronic devices at every opportunity.