How to Gear up Your Subaru XV Crosstrek for that Weekend Getaway
The Subaru VX Crosstrek spells outdoors in so many ways. The rugged body, the alloy wheels, and the car rack option makes you want to schedule that next off-road weekend trip. After packing all your essentials like your tent, chargers, and emergency kits, you also have to make sure that your car is ready for the long road ahead. Safety always comes first to ensure a more fun camping experience. So here are some tips on how you can prepare your Crosstrek for long drives out of town.
The XV's impressive transmission system is no excuse to forego proper tire inflation most especially for those cross-country camping trips. Nothing good comes from neglected tires, so make sure that you have the correct tires installed in your car before you get down and dirty on those off-road shortcuts.
- Inspect your vehicle's safety features.
Some XV models are equipped with anti-frost wipers, heated seats and side mirrors, and windshield de-icer. The Premium models have Starlink services which include automatic collision notification, roadside assistance, diagnostic alerts, and remote locking/unlocking. Ensure that all of these parts are working to prevent accidents from happening. It won't hurt to call your service provider to make sure that their services are available in the area of your destination.
- Keep it light and bring only the necessities.
Your crossover may have room enough for a huge cooler and some camping gear but that doesn't mean that you should go overboard in packing your stuff. You should consider the number of passengers on board alongside the weight of your luggage. Pack everything you need and leave unnecessary things behind.
- Gas up to avoid the tow truck.
Running out of fuel is one of the most avoidable incidents while you're on a road trip. Given the XV's excellent fuel economy (a hybrid model is available) and gas tank, you should go for a full tank while you're still in the city because you may never know where the next gas station may pop-up. It would be a smart move to keep an updated map with you so you know where the nearest service stations are in case you encounter an accident.
This is the most important tip from this list. Although the Crosstek's improved 8.7 ground clearance makes it a formidable vehicle for riding out with snow on the roads, your driving skills should be the defining factor before you head out to the open roads. If you are still new to the whole concept of long drives, taking the highways, and off-road driving, you should consider assigning this task to a more experienced driver. Your vehicle may have everything that it needs and your trunk may be filled with all your gear but if you're not confident with driving at fast speeds and over muddy terrain which leads to your destination, by all means, take the passenger's seat.