Getting Your Car Checked Before a Road Trip

Now that we’re in the midst of summer, everyone is gearing up to head outside and hit the road. The summer weather comes with a desire to get out and go somewhere, and there’s no better time for traveling than the summer. However, before you hit the road, you’ll want to make sure that your care can handle the journey. Here’s a quick checklist to go through before you actually hit the road…

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Checking the outside of your vehicle

Potential breakdowns can easily be avoided by checking a handful of things on the outside of your vehicle. For example, check that your tires still have good tread and are wearing evenly. Check the pressure, and make any necessary adjustments. Be sure to include your spare in your tire inspection. Changing a flat in the middle of a desert in the middle of the night would not be the high point of your trip, so do what you can to avoid it. Make sure your headlights, taillights, and front and back blinkers are all working properly, so you can be safe and avoid a ticket. Your brakes and windshield wipers should also be inspected to make sure they have enough life left in them for your trip. Continue reading “Getting Your Car Checked Before a Road Trip”

Summer Vacations Are Upon Us

The summer is here, and many people will be taking road trips. Road trips are a lot of fun, but there are several things that you will need to do to keep yourself safe. Below are some tips for staying safe while on the road:

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Plan a destination

However obvious this may seem, it is a must. There are all kinds of tales out there of bad or poorly planned vacations. Do some research and look into areas that fit what you and your family like to do for fun! If you’re an outdoor type family, places like Yellow Stone or Yosemite National park may be a good idea. These places may require permits, reservations etc… So make sure to plan ahead. Continue reading “Summer Vacations Are Upon Us”

Road Trip Ready: Six Must-Haves For Those Who Prefer Traveling By Car

Traveling by car as opposed to flying offers many perks, including the opportunity to see different areas of the country. You can make as many stops as you want, control the air conditioning and bring as many or as few people as you want. However, going on a road trip does entail responsibilities. Here are six must-haves to remember for your next road trip:

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Basic Needs

While on the road, you and your companions are far from the comforts that your home provides including the basic necessities to live. Bring food that is not sensitive to changing temperatures and has a long shelf life, as well as plenty of water. Be sure to also have a supply of needed medication that anyone might need. An extra blanket is always a smart item to keep in case of emergencies. Continue reading “Road Trip Ready: Six Must-Haves For Those Who Prefer Traveling By Car”

Six Must-Haves For A Successful and Stress-Free Vacation

There is almost no better way to experience America than a road trip with friends or family. Although it inspires thoughts of freedom and adventure on the open road, a road trip will be much more successful and enjoyable if you make the proper preparations instead of just jumping in your truck and heading toward the sunset. While this list is by no means exhaustive, here are six must-haves for a successful and stress-free vacation:

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1. A GPS or map

Though a monotone travel companion, a GPS with updated maps will significantly simplify your trip. Many cell phones have a GPS feature built in, but not all will work in areas with limited reception, such as the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona. If you are relying on your phone, you may want to buy paper maps or at least store map data on an electronic device to refer to. Continue reading “Six Must-Haves For A Successful and Stress-Free Vacation”

Fall Road trip: Where To Go & How To Make It Unforgettable

One of the most enjoyable road trips is the fall road trip. The chance to go out into the woods and see the leaves changing colors is something spectacular that everyone should experience at some point in their lives. Here is a look at things you need to know to make your fall road trip unforgettable.

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Where to Go

The best destinations for a fall road trip are ones where there are large tracts of forests that have deciduous trees. The northern woods of states like Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are ideal places to take a fall road trip. The riot of color that comes alive when the leaves change color is stunning. There are lots of great country diners along the back roads of these New England states that will serve up home-style cooking to make the trip even better. Continue reading “Fall Road trip: Where To Go & How To Make It Unforgettable”