Summer is made for great adventures. Kick off the summer travel season and make your trip go smoother with these road trip tips and tricks.
Clean Your Car Before You Go
There’s nothing worse than coming home from a road trip and having to deep clean your car. Before you leave, go ahead and take out those gum wrappers tucked in between your seat, vacuum up the crumbs on the floor and give your vehicle a good wash. This way, you’ll feel clean on your trip and won’t have much to clean up once you get back home.
Expect the best, but always plan for the worst. Avoid unexpected delays in your trip by listening to traffic reports before you leave and avoid beginning your trip during heavy rush hours. You will also want to plan ahead for weather delays, like dust storms in the Southwest and rain in the Northeast.
Check Your Vehicle Out
If you’re leaving for a road trip, you’re definitely going to want to have a mechanic check your car’s air conditioning, brakes, tire pressure and fluid levels before you leave. To be safe, you should also plan on packing extra jumper cables and wiper fluid, as well as ensuring your spare tire is fully inflated.
Download Audio Entertainment
Stay alert on the road by downloading audio entertainment before you leave, including music, podcasts and audio books. This will make long drives go by quickly and will keep you entertained along the way. Travel tip: many states now have a hand-held cellphone ban in place for drivers. Always be sure to have a passenger change the music or podcasts to be safe.
Plan Out Your Route
Save time on the road by planning out your trip before you go using app-based or online travel planners. This way, you’ll know exactly when you need to stop for gas, how long the trip will take and when toll roads are coming up.
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