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8 Tips for Vehicle Modifications for Long-Distance Travel

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Long-distance traveling can be both tiresome and a remarkable experience. Preparation is essential for a long ride to become the perfect trip. Although generally, a routine check by a professional makes the journey trouble-free, emergencies are always a possibility. A convenient and comfortable road adventure requires a lot more than the usual features and maintenance of your vehicle. 

Therefore, car adjustments for specific possible scenarios are an excellent strategy to make life easier and safer on the highway. This is why the following 8 tips for vehicle modifications will help you to keep your next travel experience effortless and fulfilling. 

  1. Adjusting Tires

Checking the pressure of the tires and having them balanced is already expected advice for travelers while choosing the best car for a road trip. However, tires are the feet walking toward your final destination and they do take a beating on long trips. Upgrading to a high-quality set of tires, with an increased tire diameter is key for a full turning radius and traction.

Although sizing work can increase tires’ reliability and performance, doing some previous research about destination market availability can be a money-saving decision if a replacement is suddenly needed. For example, it can be hard or highly costly to find tires that fit 16-inch or a set of stunning custom rims in some places.

  1. Vehicle Security System

There are never too many security practices for vehicle protection. An inexpensive and effective defense is to install a kill-switch to bypass the ignition system. Likewise, wheel nuts are a great anti-theft investment. These prevent thieves from taking your ride or wheels even with keys in hand. 

Steering wheel lock and reducing visibility into the cabin through tinted windows or curtains can also be a smart security upgrade. 

  1. Extra Power

From solar panels to small generators, there are many options currently available in the market for auxiliary power. Many of these can be costly, inefficient, and troublesome. An inexpensive and practical solution for extra power is to install a second 12 -volt battery. This way you can supply electronics and appliances through a power inverter.

  1. Suspension

The suspension system protects your vehicle from overuse. This engineering system is the support of ride quality, and upgrading it will allow you to manage the load of long-distance travel. An average 60mm suspension height is the goal. This will improve the whole system without exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). 

  1. Wider Luggage Possibilities  

Extra space is sometimes just necessary even after deploying a smart and lighter packing strategy. From Sports Cargo-Box to Roof Bags, there are roof racks for all kinds of needs and styles boost storage possibilities. Car bike racks can be also a great solution to install if these are necessary for your traveling purposes. 

  1. Lighting 

Running, spot, and fog lights are all vital for different purposes. Still, the goal is to avoid compromising your safety with dim headlights that hinder view at night or foggy/rainy days. Those illuminate the road and obstacles that can appear, so carrying extra spare bulbs is not an excessive measure. 

  1. Prepare for Impact 

Brush guards are not just for robust appearance; these are meant to protect you and your family in case of a clash with an animal. Also known as bull bars or toolbars, these represent a safety feature to keep vehicles and passengers safe against movable obstacles. Finding an accurate design for your vehicle will avoid hampering airbags and other safety features.

On the other hand, skid plates protect the underside from ground contact damage.

  1. Minor Modifications 

Securing both front and black license plates with a set of tamper-proof screws will protect them from burglars and any other problem that would come from losing them. 

Seed nets protect the radiator from insects and small grassland seeds that could even cause irreversible damage. This can be a DIY project made from old shade netting. However, there are many after-market net models available. 

Before starting the ride, it is wise to check the overall condition of the vehicle and the road itself. Preparing your vehicle for possible ground problems and long-distance traveling will always be a clever decision. To delay the process of fixing these issues and not carrying an emergency kit is only going to lead toward disaster. Don’t have a road worthy vehicle? Consider contacting a hire firm like Limo Find. Whether you are heading to beautiful beaches, sightseeing or doing a cross-country expedition, an outfitted vehicle guarantees function, convenience, and comfort. 

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