Many people are spending more time traveling as summer heats up and kids and college students are on break from school. If the open road is calling your family’s name, there’s no better time to pack up your stuff and head out on your next adventure! Just keep these summer road trip safety tips in mind to ensure all vehicle maintenance requirements are met before venturing too far away from home.
Road Trip Tip 1: Keep up on your car’s maintenance schedule
If you’ve got a regularly scheduled maintenance appointment this summer, try to schedule your vacation soon after everything has been checked out. Most importantly, check your fluids: engine coolant, engine oil and washer fluid. Also, check your tires’ pressure, including your spare tire. Check out this video for more:
One hazard to be conscious of in the summer is the potential to overheat your car – checking and maintaining your cooling fluid and systems is always a good idea.
Road Trip Tip 2: Make sure you have the right seat for your kids
This guide can help you select the right seats for children to keep them safe when traveling. Also, everyone should be buckling up on your trips. It’s also a good idea to research any recalls on your vehicle before you head out on your next road trip.
Road Trip Tip 3: Keep your passengers in mind
If you’re traveling with friends or family, make sure you schedule time for regular stops for bathroom breaks, moving around and getting some snacks. It’s important to stay hydrated in the warmer summer months, even if you’re just riding in the car. If you know you’re prone to frustrations or stress when you drive, alternate driving with a partner or plan to use music or radio programs to make the drive as pleasant as possible for all.
How do you stay safe and happy on long summer road trips? Tell us about it in the comments. And don’t forget to schedule your next tune-up and oil change at Mike Maroone!