Preparing the Mighty Chariot

When undertaking long journeys, the vogue these days seems to be to find something wilfully whacky, be it a Land Rover for £500 which you know won't make it to the next town without help from the AA, or a track-day car like an Atom which is great for about an hour then makes your ears bleed. So here it is, the very emblem of South Korea's finest engineering talent, trimmed in the best spaniel hide money can buy and a badge that Ferrari drivers can only dream of, a Hyundai Santa Fe. For the pernickety, the model shown here is the 'grubby black, with a bit of a loose front plastic bit, and with extra cheap shiny bits stuck on the grill' variety.

 The Mighty Chariot - a Hyundai Santa Fe Premium Automatic, in knackered black

The Mighty Chariot - a Hyundai Santa Fe Premium Automatic, in knackered black

Today was 'trip preparation day'. For many people planning on driving abroad, getting the vehicle ready is a source of concern and stress so I've outlined the process I went through this evening which may be a useful guide for future road-trippers. 

1. Clean several week's worth of muck off the passenger wing mirror.

 It is always better to stick on adhesive bits in the rain.

It is always better to stick on adhesive bits in the rain.

As you can see, choosing the appropriate day to do this is important and what you want is a bit of mild but persistent rain to give that little element of excitement later in the journey regarding whether the mirror will stay stuck on for the entire trip.

2. Apply a blind-spot mirror to the newly cleaned wing mirror so you can see people coming up on that side. Handy tip - stick it on, do not nail it on.

 Magic mirror which means you can now overtake at will. Without this, when overtaking you will cut people up. They will get angry and you will get shot by a crazy farmer in a 30 year old Renault 4.

Magic mirror which means you can now overtake at will. Without this, when overtaking you will cut people up. They will get angry and you will get shot by a crazy farmer in a 30 year old Renault 4.

3. Remove old Big Mac box found under back of the passenger seat. Hope this will help reduce the general smell of decay which has been permeating the car for a while now.

4. Consider if anything else is needed, come to the conclusion that aside from sticking some headlight lens adaptor things on when in the Channel Tunnel that it's all a bit too much hard work and that this will do fine. 

And there you go, fully prepared and all set to go. Just a week and a half early.