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Jan 13, 2016

Tips To Consider For Your Next Road Trip

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“Road trip!” It’s an exhilarating phrase. There are few things more romantic or audacious than a spontaneous road trip. But take a moment to pause and plan. That bold, spontaneous decision to drive 36 hours to Albuquerque will start to lose its appeal when you realize you forgot your allergy medication. And your passport. Before hitting the road, consider these handy tips to help make your trek much smoother.

Road Tripping Tips

  1. Bring Lumbar Support
  2. A specifically designed back support would be best, but even just a nice pillow to make your car seat more comfortable will definitely help after hours of driving.

  3. Don’t Overpack
  4. Whether you’re driving or flying, this is a mistake people often make. Ask yourself if you really need that fourth sweater before you put it in your suitcase.

  5. Roll clothes
  6. Your clothes, blankets, anything you can. Rolling them up saves space and will reduce creases.

  7. eReader > Books
  8. Books are heavy and impractical for travel. Investing in an eReader will allow you to cut down on space and still have something to read during the car trip.

  9. Pack Entertainment
  10. This is especially important if you’re traveling with children. Portable DVD players, portable gaming systems, tablets, or even a deck of cards. Ensure your children are entertained, because once the initial thrill of adventure wears off and they get bored of staring at the scenery, you don’t want to endure thirteen-and-a-half hours of that all-too-familiar question: “Are we there yet?”

  11. Stiff Collar
  12. To keep the collars on your shirts stiff and neatly pressed when you pack them, be sure to place a rolled-up belt inside the collar.

  13. Pump your Tires
  14. Before a long road trip, it is essential to make sure your tires are pressurized to the optimal level. This will save you time and money on gas.

  15. Be Prepared
  16. If you’re making a winter trip, be sure to pack all the winter supplies you may need for getting yourself out of icy situations, such as antifreeze, winter tires, a shovel, rock salt, and maybe even kitty litter.

  17. Be Flexible
  18. There’s no need to behave like a trucker pulling an overnighter to meet a deadline. Enjoy the drive and allow for some flexibility. Maybe you’ll pass through a nice small town where you’ll want to stop off for supper. Enjoy it! Trips are about the journey, not the destination.

There are plenty of tricks and tips for making your road trip enjoyable, but the most important ingredient to happy driving is making sure your car is in top shape and will be safe on the road. Keep an eye on oil levels, listen for unusual sounds and if you have any questions or concerns, our team of experts are here to help.

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