Spending quality family time during the year is hard. Luckily, summertime is upon us and with the kids out of school there is more time for family activities. My family usually goes on road trips every summer, so I want to share with you some of the tips we follow to make sure we have a good time all while staying safe in the car. Whether you’re driving 10 hours or 2 –the time you spend in your car during the road trip is special and should be held with importance. Follow these tips and it could go a long way in avoiding any unnecessary accidents or incidents.
There are parts of your car that need to be in optimal shape before you take off for your summer road trip. If you can’t schedule a checkup for basic maintenance, there are things you can do yourself. First, you want to check the fluids in your engine like the engine oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, radiator coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid and power steering fluid. Next, make sure the hoses and belts in your engine are connected properly and not loose. Of course, you always want to check your tires to make sure they are road trip worthy. Check the treads to make sure they are deep enough for proper traction and always check your tire pressure before driving.
After you have determined that your car is safe to drive, prepare an emergency kit to take along with you. Make sure your emergency kit includes a flashlight with extra batteries, blankets, first-aid kit, and basic tools. It’s also a great idea to keep bottles of water in the trunk just in case. If you’re driving with kids you know how important it is to have snacks on board as well. Prepare your family by bringing plenty of snacks, games, videos, books, music and water to keep them comfortable and occupied while you’re on the road.
The most important tip is to make sure you drive safely, follow the rules of the road and stay alert at all times. Wherever you end up on your family summer road trip, make sure you stay safe and of course, always have fun!