With summer underway, kids out of school, and lazy days upon us, many people are planning and taking road trips. Road trips can be fun, exciting, frustrating, and exhausting all at the same time. 1-800 Charity Cars, the nation’s leading vehicle donation/distribution program, has compiled the following tips for summer road trips to help make those road trips less of a hassle, and more enjoyable for everyone.
Get your vehicle serviced and make sure you have emergency items
Before you pack up and head out on the road, take your car in for an inspection and service. Taking the time to make sure your vehicle is in good running condition can save you from spending time stranded on the side of the road. It can also save you money on gas by making your vehicle more fuel-efficient. Also make sure your vehicle has a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, roadside emergency kit, a couple cans of fix-a-flat, and anything else you may need in the event of a breakdown or an accident.
Update your GPS system or get a new map.
Whether you are using a GPS system or a regular paper map, be sure they are up to date. Roads are always changing, and making sure that whatever you are using is current will ensure that you do not end up lost on your road trip.
Pack an entertainment bag.
If traveling with children, be sure to pack an entertainment bag. Depending on what your children are interested in (and what you’re willing to have in your vehicle) this bag could include: electronic gaming devices, coloring books, wooden board puzzles, portable DVD player with movies, small toys, and anything else that keeps your children happy. If they have something to keep them busy, they will be able to handle the long drive better. You will be much less likely to hear “Are we there yet?!” a million times.
Snacks, Drinks, and a Cooler
Hit the store before your trip, and get plenty of your favorite snacks, drinks, ice, and a cooler. This will save time and money compared to getting off the highway and paying a small fortune for some drinks and snacks. You can just readily get what you want and keep on moving on down the road.
Sit down a week before your trip, and make a few checklists. Make a checklist for: things to pack, everything that needs to be loaded in your vehicle, and another for any tasks that you need to do before you leave the day of your road trip. By doing this and checking items off as you go along, you will be less likely to forget your medication, phone charger, entertainment bag, etc. You will also not have to worry if you locked the doors or set the timer on your lights once you are on the road. Make sure to check out our article, 5 Most Commonly Overlooked Things You Should Keep In Your Car, before you embark on your trip.
Whatever road trip you may be planning for this summer The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, a nonprofit car donation charity, hopes that this list will help you to make the trip a safe, and pleasant adventure for everyone.