Road Trip Travel Tips

The great America road trip is a standard summertime tradition for many friends and family. If you plan on packing up your car and venturing out on the open road this summer, then check out our trips for smooth sailing—err, driving—to your destination.

Car Maintenance

Technician. Consider stopping by one of our Service Centers to have your vehicle checked before a long trip.

Tires. Check your tires monthly for tread wear. Make sure all tires (including the spare) are properly inflated.

Coolant. Check the coolant level and condition, making certain the proper 50/50 mixture of coolant and water is present.

Oil. Check the level and condition of the engine oil. Your owner’s manual should have specific directions.

Belts and Hoses. Look for worn, cracked, blistered, or soft belts and hoses. Of course, always perform this check with the engine off.

Battery. Hot weather can shorten the life of a battery. You can have it tested by a qualified technician.


Travel Planning

Emergency Kit. Carry an emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, warning devices (such as flares or reflective triangles), jumper cables, a first-aid kit, and extra water.

Fuel. Don’t let the gas level get below one-quarter of a tank.

Route-Planning. Use any mobile app to plan your route ahead of time (a paper map works great too!). Plan for stops every 100 miles or 2 hours to avoid drowsy or fatigued driving.

Accommodations. Reserve all accommodations in advance, but be flexible if you need to stop an extra night due to traffic a change of plans.

Security. Lock your car when you leave it, and keep your valuables out of sight.

Safety. Secure children and adults in car seats, booster seats, or seat belts.

Entertainment. Bring books, games, and music for the ride, but don’t forget to take in the beautiful scenery.

Information. Bring information on your destination to make the most of your trip.

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