With just a little planning and preparation, these six steps can help you have a smooth trip along that long and winding road to grandma’s house.
1. Pop the Hood
Make sure your Volkswagen is in tip-top shape. Before a major road trip, visit your local Volkswagen dealer to have the engine oil changed and check and top-off all fluids—transmission, brakes, and washer. Your dealer can make sure the engine belts are tight and not frayed. And check that hoses aren’t cracked or leaking. Better still, ask for a multi-point inspection.
2. Kick Those Tires
Tires should be inflated to the recommended pressure noted in your Owner’s Manual or on the label inside the driver’s door. Check for plenty of tread depth and no cuts, slashes, or irregular wear and tear in the sidewall. And don’t forget the spare tire (which may have different requirements): Make sure it’s correctly inflated and you have the right wrench and jack to switch it out if needed.
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3. Can You Hear Me Now?
We know you wouldn’t dream of leaving home on any road trip without your smartphone. But make sure it’s loaded with all the numbers you’ll need — family members you’re visiting, your insurance company, roadside assistance, and windshield replacement service. And don’t forget the car charger.
4. There’s an App for That
Before your trip, think about asking your passenger to download or update certain apps that are helpful on the road — to stream music, check traffic conditions, and find roadside stores such as fuel stations. And with available Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect, you can access select compatible smartphone apps right on your dashboard’s touchscreen.1
5. Pack Smart
An emergency kit is a helpful travel companion. Throw in a flashlight, work gloves for changing a flat, an ice scraper if you’re heading into a colder climate, jumper cables, flares or a warning triangle, an umbrella, and a basic first-aid kit. Also, put together a snack-bag with healthy treats and water bottles. When you pack the interior of the car, don’t obstruct visibility to the rear, and secure cargo in accordance with the Owner’s Manual. If you need extra room, consider the appropriate VW accessories available for purchase at drivergear.vw.com. And don’t leave your car unattended, even for a short time, when valuables like cameras, smartphones, and tablets are inside.
6. Before You Leave
Don’t just jump in the car and go. First pay attention to the weather along your route, and if it’s taking a turn for the worse, change your plans. (Check out a Sirius Travel Link3 subscription, which allows you to check the weather. It’s available in all vehicles with Discover Media, which includes all 2016 and 2017 models except e-Golf and Touareg. Sirius Travel Link also requires an active Travel Link subscription, available free for 3 months as a trial for all new Certified Pre-Owned vehicles). Plan your drive, too, entering the destination in your Volkswagen’s available navigation system before you hit the road, or ask your passenger to use an app on your smartphone (if you have one). Gather your insurance and registration documents and keep them in the glovebox. And maybe clear out any junk or clutter littering up your car. Start off with a full tank, too, so you can get some distance before having to fill up again.