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Moving Tips: Get the car ready for a long-distance move

Ensure that your car has a good spare tire before driving long distances.

Ensure that your car has a good spare tire before driving long distances.

While you may give most of your items to your moving company for a move, if you are going a long distance and driving yourself, you will likely take some there, as well. However, you will need to take some measures to ensure that your ride is smooth and goes without a hitch.

You should give your car a tune-up before heading on any trip that is going to put significant stress on your car or truck. This will help you have comfort that the ride will go without any major events, and you can get home safely. A mechanic will be able to tell you if the car has anything to watch out for on the trip. If you have gotten one recently, your vehicle should be fine, and some minor maintenance can ensure a smooth ride.

If your vehicle is due for an oil change, make sure you get one before you head out on your trip. Sometimes, the trip can be so long that you will need another while in transit. Keep an eye on your mileage to see if this is the case.

Depending on the time of year, you may need to get your car ready for the elements when on the trip. If it is the summer, make sure that the car has enough coolant to overheat. Also, the battery may need special care, as overcharging can be a major issue. If you are traveling in the winter, you will want to winterize your vehicle. This includes getting winter tires, antifreeze and having a snow brush and ice scraper in your car to be prepared for the worst.

Regardless of the time of year, it is imperative that you have a spare tire or doughnut, as well as tools to change the tire. This includes a tire iron and a jack. No matter where you are going, a flat tire can occur, and if you don't want to get stranded, it is important to know how to use these and have them at all times.

Preparing your car for the trip is vital, as you want to be as ready as possible for the move. Ensuring that you complete your packing well in advance will make your long road trip that much more bearable.