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On The Road Again: How To Prepare For A Road Trip

by Tim Brunicardi on June 22, 2018

For many, summer is the time where families come together, escape their everyday lives, and embark on road trips to various destinations. However, in the excitement of vacations, most people forget to check-off one of the most important things on their to-do lists: the safety of their car. You may be ready for vacation, but is your car?

Check these things before leaving on your next road trip:

  • Change the oil
  • Change the oil & air filters
  • Change spark plugs
  • Change headlights if they appear to be dim­
  • Check your spare tire
  • Pack a tire iron and jack
  • Bring towels for a dirty windshield or mirrors
  • Get a spare key for your car
  • Make sure you have your owner’s manual
  • Fill your gas tank
  • Check all tire conditions
  • Pack a bag for trash
  • Clean the inside & outside of your car

If you enjoy working on cars, Hocking College offers an Automotive Technology program where students learn how to perform all of these tasks and more. Classes provide students with advanced knowledge of automotive mechanisms and how to repair different kinds of vehicles.

In addition, it is recommended that you always have a emergency bag and/or first-aid kit in your car at all times. Items to include in your emergency bag include:

driving car at dusk
  • A blanket
  • A flashlight
  • Bunjee cords
  • A phone charger
  • A chain or rope
  • Screw drivers
  • Wrenches
  • Water
  • Food

Once your car is ready for vacation, so are you! Gather all of your supplies including maps, directions, luggage, and anything else that you desire to take with you. Most importantly, learn about where you are going.

Hocking College also offers a major in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel for those who are true explorers at heart. Classes emphasize on the importance of communication across cultures and exposes students to different activities that you can do in different parts of the world. Classes also teach students how to become true leaders. Students learn how to lead small and large groups, how to handle emergencies, and how to coordinate activities for various groups of people. From backpacking through the wilderness to canoeing in the Bahamas, a major in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel really experiences everything that the world has to offer.