Desert Driving

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    In a few weeks, I'm going to have to do my first desert drive from Los Angeles to Phoenix. It's been a while since I've brought my car in for a rune-up and I've been reading through auto maintenance tips with a bit of nervousness. I don't take my car in regularly. My car's not acting funny or anything but, generally speaking, what's the most important maintenance to do before a lengthy desert drive? I know I need to bring a jug or two of water in case I break down, wheel tread seems okay (one wheel in the back is a bit bald), I'm not due for an oil change.
     
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    You shouldn't drive on bald tires, tbh.
     
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    If you drive at night on that freeway, you have to watch out for animals like rabbits, coyotes, etc streaking across the road.
     
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    3 of my tires are almost new, I just haven't had the cash to replace the 4th yet but it's not completely bald - it just could do a bit better. Maybe I'll see if I can scrape together enough to get it replaced before the trip. Thanks for the heads up about the desert animals!
     
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    For around $5.00 you can buy a set of deer whistles and attach them to your grill or bumper. They will alert any animal and they'll not run across the road while you're driving. A deer will tear up your car and even kill you. Any auto parts store sells them.
     
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    Crap, this time of year isn't bad. The monsoons should be over with so most likely you won't have to worry about rain and it's much cooler, in the low 90s. It's a straight shot on I 10 so just prepare like you would for a normal 5 to 6 hour drive, tire pressure, radiator fluid, gas, oil and bring extra water for yourself just in case of a breakdown. Being a busy highway I wouldn't worry too much about getting help if that happens.
     
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    Pull over at sunset and smoke a big old fattie while you watch the sun go down. Sunset in the city is not the same as sunset on the desert
     
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    I am not aware of doing one thing different driving anywhere anytime. Other than snow, ice or heavy rain.

    Car motors run hot. Desert heat does not matter much? Lots of wind into radiator at high speed. No worries.
     
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    In Phoenix during the height of the summer you need pontoons on the vehicle....... Asphalt has a liquid state....... :eusa_whistle:
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    You really are retarded aren't you.
     
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