It’s certainly no question that fall is absolutely the best time in Arkansas for a road trip! Whether you’re traveling down your favorite dirt road to visit friends and family, sightseeing to the east or hopping in the car for a hike or a game in the northwest, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is ready to go whenever you are!
Imagine driving hours away for your car to break down in the middle of nowhere? Not good at all. To prevent any unexpected occurrences, follow these car preparation tips before you get behind the wheel.
Get Your Car Road Trip Ready
Make sure you have fuel. Hello, so easy, right? But, it’s important to never let your tank move past half empty on gas just in case there are no gas stations close by for miles. That can actually be more common than you think. Fill up before you leave and stay mindful!
Test your tires. One major component to traveling on the road is a good set of tires. Most cars these days will have a light appear when low, but it's a good idea to check them out before you go as well as look them over for bumps and flaws that you might not have noticed. It’s also important in case of rainy weather.
Check your windshield and your wipers. Safety is key when traveling distances, even if shorter. Make sure there are no cracks or chips that can spread (especially if it’s unseasonably hot or cold) and have your wipers in good order. It’s an expensive and easy fix!
Make sure your brakes work correctly. Listen for unusual sounds and pay attention to strong odors, which mean your brakes might need a quick tune-up.
Clean the interior. You want to relax and be comfortable (which also means you might check the heat and air in the cabin before you head out).
Fall Road Trip Playlist
We’ve put together some of our favorite songs we found fit for a short trip in the car around the state. Check them out and let us know in the comments which one is your favorite. After all, prepping a proper playlist is part of getting ready for your trip, too!
Getaway Car - Taylor Swift
Sleep on the Floor-The Lumineers
Summer of ‘69 - Bryan Adams
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Springsteen - Eric Church
Life is a Highway - Tom Coachrane
Days Go By - Keith Urban
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker