Road trip tips are going to be especially helpful this year. With Covid-19 concerns – a lot of people are choosing to not travel by plane. Vacations may need to be altered accordingly, but there are still many destinations that can be reached by car. If you are planning a road trip, we think it’s important that you take these road trip tips into consideration. Whether you are a family with toddlers or going it alone – we have tips for everyone.
- Prepare Your Car: you are going to be traveling many miles, you want to make sure your car is in the best shape possible. Below are some areas of focus:
- Tire Pressure
- Coolant and other fluids
- Change the oil
- Windshield wipers
- Brake Fluid
- Splash covers all of the above with our oil change which includes a 21 point safety inspection. We will make sure your car is ready to hit the road! There is no appointment necessary, so just stop in to one of our 6 locations that offer oil changes.
- Spare Tire Kit: Some older cars and rental cars do not come equipped with a spare tire. It is worth it to check, and then purchase a spare tire kit if needed. This will equip you with a spare tire, jack and lug wrench.
- Pack an Emergency Kit: In case of emergency, it is useful to make sure you have bottled water, battery charger, phone charger, first aid kit, jumper cables and flares or light reflectors.
- Get Your Child’s Car Seat Inspected: Obviously this is only for people with children – but definitely worth a quick check.
- Pack for Fido: If you are bringing your dog, make sure to pack an extra leash and water bowl. Oh, and poop bags.
- Entertainment & Food: If you have children, it is a great idea to bring items that will keep them occupied. Some items could include books, toys, electronics and coloring books. For the adults in the car, consider downloading playlists or podcasts you love. For everyone, make sure there are snacks and water that can be accessed in between stops.
- Take Breaks: Sometimes you are so excited you just want to get there – but it is better for your body and mind to make stops every 2 to 3 hours.
- Prepare For Messes: Pack extra wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer and garbage bags to deal with any accidents or messes.
- Don’t Panic: If you forget something, chances are it can be purchased at a store along the way!
Whether you are going 10 or 1,000 miles- we hope these tips help make your trip safe, happy and loaded with wonderful memories.