So you’ve landed in a new city and you’re ready to hit the road, Already daydreaming about that comfy hotel bed and some delicious room service. But it’s important to take a minute and get to know what will be your only mode of transportation for the next few days.
Start by hooking up your phone to the Bluetooth in the car if it has the option. The last thing you want to do is run a red because you were fiddling with the radio. Not only is Bluetooth useful when your boss calls to discuss tomorrows meeting but it will also allow you to play your own music so you don’t have to go digging through all the stations on the radio trying to find something you like.
You’ve signed the papers and that means for the next few days that car is yours so adjust the mirrors and the seat like it was your daily driver. This will keep you and everyone around you safer as it gives you maximum visibility, there is a reason why adjusting your mirrors the first thing your taught is driving school, It’s very important. Also, not only are you a safer driver when the car is adjusted to fit you but you’ll also be more comfortable.
Know your Route
Planning is very important on any trip and being in a new city means dealing with maps you’ve never had to deal with before. If your cell phone doesn’t have a map feature always remember to pack your own GPS. Position the GPS as low as possible on the windshield while still visible enough that you can get the information your looking for at a glance. Also make sure you have the correct destination selected, the last thing you want to do is end up at the wrong Best Western on the other side of town.
Take a Quick Spin
Chances are the car you rented is not the same as your car back home so before leaving it is always a good idea to take a quick drive around the lot, radio off, to get a feel for the car before you hit the highways. Spatial Awareness is a major part of driving and it’s better to get a feel for the size of the car in the parking lot than it is on the roads. Also be sure to get familiar with the acceleration and the breaks on the car, test to see how sensitive the pedals and your not accidentally slamming on the breaks or launching forward accelerating to fast.
Follow those four steps before taking off on your adventure and you’ll be sure to have a fun and safe drive.