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2nd May 2017

A Collapsed Bridge and a Thunderstorm Won’t Stop this Road Trip

Female Road Warrior

If you’re a female road warrior, you have to be ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice so you prepare and plan.

Plans aside, ________ (substitute as you want) happens, like a bridge collapse or uncharacteristic thunderstorms. And then sometimes the plan backfires or gets forgotten because serious road warriors have a lot of stuff going on. We’re hard to catch up with because we have things to do, lots of it. So when the conference agenda appeared in my email box, reminding me of all the goodness I’d be missing if I didn’t take advantage of an upcoming conference, it was time to get myself in full gear.


How long was the drive? Would I rent a car? Am I staying overnight? These were just a few of the impeding questions that needed to be answered. It’d take five hours round trip (considering the recent bridge collapse) so the answer was yes, let’s put those miles on someone else’s car. The plan was set and I was ready to go.


Except, this childless warrior forgot about Spring break week, which meant not only were rentals double the cost, but apparently Spring break parents had the same idea, hence rentals were not available, at least nearby, which meant opting for a car 15 miles out of the area.


That’s what happens when the plan isn’t followed.


Humph, a little inconvenience never hurt anyone, but a storm certainly could. The day the rental needed to be picked up a severe storm that turned into a tornado warning hit.

I was down to a few options:

(1) Risk picking up the rental and being caught in the storm
(2) Opt out, or
(3) Leave early the next morning, absence rental.

Which would it be?

After getting some input from a SMART man, the decision was #3, to drive, but that meant making sure the car was road-ready.

What do you need to get road ready? Here are 4 quick things to check before taking your next short road trip:


  1. Pop the hood and check the oil levels. Oil, that’s the lifeline for the engine. Make sure your levels are where they should be (somewhere in the middle of the low and full line). If you’ve had the benefit of a recent oil change, all the better.
  2. Coolant – We like it when it’s hot, but not if it’s our engine. Check the coolant level and make sure it’s at the level it should be. Review your owner’s manual to make sure you have the right kind for your car. If you’re like me, you keep a bottle handy in the trunk. Likewise, for oil.
  3. Do a walk around check. Grab your tire gauge and take a good look at those tires. Make sure they have enough air and that each has the same amount (within 2 lbs at least). You don’t want a shaky ride and having the right tire pressure also helps with gas mileage.
  4. Check those windshield wipers and washer. There’s nothing like driving down the road and splat, some big ball of yuk is all over your windshield. You’ll want to be able to get that off without pulling to the side of the road.


Now that you’ve completed these basics, you’re ready to go so pack your bags and have a safe and fun-filled trip.


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