Even in an age of GPS, you have to plan your route
It seems obvious, but too often the amateur driver who isn’t used to spending hours at a time eating up asphalt doesn’t bother to check the weather report. “Always, always, always get the weather,” said Ken, who’s spent five years as a trucker and who spoke to Thrillist over coffee at Iowa’s I-80 truck stop at the end of his driving day. “People don’t plan anymore. They rely on their phones to give them step-by-step guides. That’s a good way to get stuck. Get your weather in advance, know your route in advance, and make sure you have any supplies packed up that you might accordingly need.”
In the summer, it’s good to have a couple of jugs of potable water on you, either for your own consumption or to top off a cholicky radiator. In the winter, think blankets and warmers. In all weather, reflectors, flashlights, and snacks won’t let you down in case of a breakdown. And road atlases -- battery-free, durable, easy to write on -- are still useful as heck, and low-key a catalog where you shop for places.