Truck drivers have to carry out a full inspection before leaving on a trip. This Includes the vehicle and cargo. They repeat the inspection every time they set out.
Before you leave for a long trip, have your car checked by a professional mechanic.
There are some checks you can do yourself or have done by a service station attendant.
Check: All the lights. The oil level. the drive belts. Tighten if necessary.
Make sure there is enough coolant in the radiator coolant tank.
Fill up your windshield washer tank and check the conditions of the wiper blades.
Clean the car windows inside and out.
If you're pulling a trailer, make sure the trailer lights are working. That's a must for me, every time I hook up a new trailer, and before I set out on each leg of a trip.
Plan your route and overnight stops in advance. Leave details of your route or destination with a relative or friend.
If you need directions, stop at a truck stop. You are sure to find a truck driver who knows the area in which you are interested. He or she will be glad to advise you.