Spring Road Trip Tips

With the Spring weather we are experiencing in the north, you’re probably making plans to head south for a week and spend some time in the sun. However, if you’re going to take a road trip, there are a lot of situations you need to be prepared for. Follow these Spring road trip tips for a safe and fun drive!

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One of the most important parts of planning a road trip is getting your car inspected. You don’t want to break down hundreds of miles from home! Check your tires, get your battery tested, get your oil changed, and check your fluids.

It’s a good idea to have a plan for the trip, but don’t plan too strictly, because a road trip requires some flexibility. Make sure you have plenty of time for extra gas and bathroom stops—you might even want to drop by some roadside attractions. In the same vein, plan the time you leave to avoid traffic as much as possible. It’ll help you save money on gas and a whole lot of frustration if you aren’t sitting still on the highway for hours.

Finally, don’t let yourself get bored! Bring plenty of entertainment options, like audiobooks, music playlists, and toys and games to keep everyone occupied. Time will go by a lot faster if you’re keeping your mind busy.

If you need a new set of wheels to take you on your Spring road trip, stop by Ken Pollock Mitsubishi.

Preparing for Your Road Trip

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A summer vacation usually means some kind of road trip to your destination. No matter where you’re going, there are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the road.

Avoid Fatigue

Make sure you are well-rested and eat something before you get on the road. If you do find yourself tired, pull over and stretch your legs. Don’t try to battle fatigue by driving through it. Drivers who are absurdly tired should put the seat back and take a nap for an hour or so. A cool drink or caffeinated beverage can help you stay awake too. And having a snack certainly never hurts!

Keep Track of Kids

A long road trip can be tiring, but you should never leave your kids in a locked car under any circumstances. Even if the windows are down or air conditioning is on, a child’s body heats up faster than an adults. Before you leave, make a plan for how you are going to manage the kids during stops. Make a note or some kind of reminder to check the backseat before you go inside too. The last thing you need is to run a child to the emergency room due to heatstroke.

Maintenance

Having your car professionally serviced prior to a road trip can significantly reduce the amount of mechanical problems you encounter on the road. All drivers should have their cars serviced, even if they keep up with routine maintenance. Check your owner’s manual for routine maintenance required by your car.

At Ken Pollock Mitsubishi, we are happy to help you with any of your pre-road trip service needs. Stop by today for a regular maintenance check!