The weather is getting warmer and soon the kids will be out of school, which menas vacation time! Road trips are a great American tradition, and with modern vehicles offering so much comfort, as well as impressive fuel economy, there's no reason to not hit the open road this summer. While vehicles have greatly improved the success of long trips on the highway, we've compiled some road-trip tips that should help smooth things out even further.
1 – Get a tune-up! Yes, it seems like something every Toyota dealer would suggest, but getting your vehicle checked out before a big trip can mean nipping potential problems in the bud. It's much better to deal with a problem before the trip than to be stranded during it. Of course you should ensure all your vehicle's fluids are topped off and make sure to double-check your tire pressures, including the spare tire.
2 – Create a safety kit. Things can happen on the road, but that doesn't mean you can't be prepared. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests packing the following:
- Warm blankets
- A flashlight
- Jumper cables
- Tools to change a tire
- A fully charged cell phone
- A first-aid kit
3 – Prioritize your packing. Think of what you will and won't need to access while out on the road and pack accordingly. A little forward thinking means less digging around while on the move. Keep snacks and drinks at hand to avoid unnecessary, and possibly expensive, stops.
4 – Choose snacks wisely. Both adults and kids can get hung up on sugary snacks and drinks, which means a lot of short energy boosts and crashes. A cooler of sliced veggies and fruits can provide real nutrition and energy that lasts without making you feel like you're weighed down. One of our favorite road munchies is with celery with peanut butter, which is relatively mess-free and easy to prepare on the move.
5 – Allow some flexibility in your schedule. The whole point of a road trip is enjoying the process of getting to your destination. Planning in some flexibility allows for adventures off the beaten path and can keep you from watching the time click by rather than enjoying time with the family. It's a vacation, so RELAX!
We hope you and your family have a great trip this summer with plenty of memories that will last a lifetime!