Yes, it is summertime and millions of people are stocked at the idea of hopping on an airplane to their favorite destination. But that isn’t the only way of getting around and in fact, many prefer the idea of a road trip. Getting behind the wheel with your friends in the car and your top tunes blasting is a great way to enjoy a long weekend. Here are three tips to take into consideration as you plan for your summer road trip.
Early car maintenance
No one wants to be on the road and experience a vehicle malfunction. While there are things that can surprise us all, there are steps to take before driving that can help you avoid car issues. Check all the major fluids in your car. Check tire pressure and wear to make sure they can handle long drives on hot roads. Check your spare tire in the trunk and make sure your tools to change a tire are available.
Complete any routine maintenance needed based on how many miles are on your car. Going through this quick checklist will help you avoid any of the “minor” issues that can quickly become a huge hassle to your road trip.
Leave either early or late in the day
Picking the right time to hit the road goes a long way in avoiding traffic, which is the bane of our existence. Waiting until midday or the dreaded 4 to 6 p.m. rush hour period is a horrible idea if you’re taking a road trip. The same could be said for leaving around 7 to 9 a.m. as many others are heading to work.
Instead, leave either before the sun rises in the morning or late in the evening. These are time periods when fewer drivers are on the road and you can avoid the problem of congestion. However, it’s important to make sure you get ample rest in the days leading up to the road trip to make sure you can stay safe while driving at those odd hours.
Prepare for inclement weather
If you’re traveling to a location that is known for inclement weather, make sure you’re ready for what may come your way. Pack rain attire, umbrellas, and more in the trunk just in case they are needed. Take some time to review the weather report for where you are heading. Taking the time to do so can cause a lot less stress and save you money in the end.