Bags packed, reservations made, a heat wave on the way, and we’re dying to get to our destination. Before hitting the road, don’t forget these tips to prepare for your drive.
1. Plan ahead. It seems obvious, but there’s nothing like planning all the details of your trip ahead of time. The most important thing is to give your vehicle a check-up, and for that we recommend visiting your trusty mechanic about two weeks before your trip to make sure you car’s in tip-top shape before you set out. A few days beforehand, plan your route, make sure your GPS is updated, and check the traffic a few hours before leaving to avoid the stretches where it’s backed up. Forewarned is forearmed!
2. If you’re traveling with kids… If you’re traveling with minors, remember that they should do so in travel seats that meet the proper standards for their height and weight. These trips can be a wonderful excuse for family bonding, but sometimes they can be a bit long for children. To keep them from getting bored and distracting the driver, make sure they’re constantly involved in the trip. Talk about the landscape or landmarks as you pass by them. It works!