Summertime is the Perfect Time to Roadtrip with Friends
Summertime is the absolute best time to set out on a road trip with some of your best pals. The sun is out and the weather is warm and most importantly, school is out! Before you set off on your summertime road trip of the century, there are a few precautions that have to be taken so everything goes as smoothly as possible. Then you can actually enjoy those long hours on the road to the best of your ability.
The first step is to go to a car mechanic; do this at least a week before you set off on the road. Some consumers like to do everything themselves and think that it is not a necessity to have someone else check up on their automobile. If that is the case, here are some things that you can do to check out your vehicle and make sure everything is perfect.
Car fluid levels are very important because some fluids keep necessary components lubricated, while others help keep important systems working properly, and the most important help keep the engine from overheating. An example of these important fluids that unquestionably need to be checked before your journey are the brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, windshield fluid, engine oil, and lastly, coolant. Coolant is especially important during the summertime because of its primary role of ensuring that the car does not overheat.
A tire checkup is also very important in the process of checking your vehicle, as it is exceptionally important for your tires to be in proper shape for the long hours on the road. Here’s a premise of what to do to check your tires: if your car has just 1000 miles on it you should check tire pressure; if your car has 5000 to 8000 miles, rotation of the tires is crucial; and from 25000 to 50000 miles, replacement tires may be a smart idea. These precautions should be taken particularly and extensively before you descend on your automobile adventure. Some other important tips to remember for road trip and tire safety are to always make sure you have a fully inflated spare in case of a blow out, and have a kit that includes a jack and a lug wrench too.
More important tips to adhere to while checking out your vehicle are: remember to bring jumper cables in case of a battery issue; flares and reflectors are good idea too in case of an emergency. What some people don’t realize until it’s too late is that it is extremely important to bring an extra key fob with you incase the fob battery dies. If you don’t have an extra key fob, then it would be best to invest in an extra key fob battery. AAA says they have rescued more than 4 million drivers just from having their key fob battery die on them while on the road.
Fuel efficiency is gonna play an important role in saving money too — Some may think that vrooming around on the road will get you to your location quickest — Yes this is true, but what they don’t know is that by doing so, especially on long car rides, going fast will consume more gas, and you will end up making more stops, thus taking up more time. A recommendation to save gas is by staying around 55 to 60 mph and maintaining this speed. Something to remember before you hop onto the highway and take off is to make sure the car has a full tank of gas. Then, throughout the trip, never let your tank get below a quarter, in case of getting lost on local roads or just not finding an exit in time before the car breaks down and you’re left stranded.
Entertainment is an essential component to any form of road tripping. Whether the sole purpose for entertainment is to keep kids or adults in the backseat busy or to keep yourself awake while driving through the night, here are some tips on how to keep entertainment buzzing throughout the journey.
Download music on any app or music accessible technology and make sure to not rely on cellular service or wifi to play your tunes, podcasts, or audiobooks. Sometimes while driving, you may venture into areas where you will have zero bars of service, so finish any downloads you need to before leaving. Also, create a playlist beforehand to keep you from getting distracted when trying to choose music while driving. Always bring a charger and USB port if your vehicle does not already have one because no one wants their phone to shut off in the middle of their favorite song.
If the service does cut out for awhile, that means your internet connection to whatever digital directions on a map is going to cut out also. Remember to bring a paper map — it’s old school, but it could just save you from getting completely lost. If you find yourself in a cellular dead zone, then there’s always the classics.
Road trip car games are not just for children ,– when you’re five hours into a day’s long trip on the road, you and your passengers will resort to anything to entertain yourselves. Games are a perfect option for a fun and entertaining activity if you’re five or twenty-five. Some of these games include, but are not limited to, 21 Questions, Would You Rather, Fortunately/Unfortunately, The Movie Game, The ABC Game, etc.
Cameras are a common tool that can easily be brought on road trips. Bringing a camera can expose the road trippers to capturing landscapes and local surroundings, and keeping those images as tokens to remember the story behind the trip and how you ended up at the location. There are going to be a slew of all new and different things around you while driving and stopping during a road trip, so a camera is a must have. Photos are also nice to have to show your family and friends, and to have for the future where you can look back and remember the trip in full detail.
Here are some great tips and pointers to make your road trip problem free, so you can focus on having fun and enjoying the ride.
Before you leave, it could be helpful to make sure your car is clean. That means getting rid of gum wrappers, old food and/or old food containers, dirty cups, and anything else along those lines. This initial cleaning will help keep the car clean and tidy for the duration of the trip. Items that can help keep your car tidy are wet wipes, paper towels, and trash bags. Dryer sheets can be an easy tool used as an air freshener while on the road to keep your car smelling clean and fresh, even if you’ve been on the road for days.
Bringing lots of snacks and a cooler full of water and food will keep your energy up while driving, and keep your passengers happy, because we all know how some people can get when they don’t have food for awhile. If a drivers energy does seem to be running low and food is not helping, a passenger can take the wheel while the driver takes a well deserved nap. A good thing to know is that chewing gum does have the potential to keep a driver awake.
With all of this being said, it is also important to stop frequently so everyone in the car can take a moment to get out and stretch and restore energy. Drivers aren’t the only ones to get tired and break down – if the car starts to show signs of trouble, unless it’s an emergency, you should not pull to the shoulder. It is much safer to make the effort and take an exit and park your car in a parking lot to call for help. That is of course if your car cooperates and you can make that happen.