Summer Driving Tips For a Safe Road Trip

Summer Driving Tips For a Safe Road Trip
Summer Driving Tips For a Safe Road Trip

Gearing up for a vacation away on the beach? Keep these summer driving tips in mind.

Service Your Vehicle in Advance

Before you head out on any big trips that will put a lot of miles on the odometer, have your car inspected by a mechanic who can perform any upcoming maintenance you need to do and check for potential safety hazards. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down car.

Keep Kids in the Backseat

All children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat. Additionally, any children who meet the criteria for being in a car seat should be in a properly-installed car seat. You can check NHTSA’s website for tips on how to select the proper car seat and install it correctly.

Take Breaks and Stay Alert

While that dream vacation may only technically be a 6-hour drive away, it’s hard on any driver to stay behind the wheel for a consecutive 6 hours. If you have another legal driver with you, take turns driving. Take breaks for everyone to get out, stretch, and eat, and make sure you’re in good condition to pay attention to other drivers on the road.

Share the Road

Summertime means cyclists, runners, and motorcycles will be out on the road. Don’t be that driver who hogs the road.

 

Follow these summer driving tips from us at Stalker Chevrolet for a stress-free road trip.

Doggy on Board: Traveling with Pets

Are you one of the millions of Americans that travels with their pets? Whether you’re picking up the kids, headed to a park, or traveling cross-country does your dog or cat have a spot in the car.

Last year AAA did a study with a major hotel chain. The study showed that more than half of the dog and cat owners in the U.S. say they take their pets with them when they travel.

If you’re one of these pet owners you should know some safety tips for traveling with pets, but do you follow them?

Here are some tips for traveling with dogs:

Restrain your dog(s). In several states this is a law (not Iowa), but even where it is not it’s still a good idea for your safety and the safety of your animal. Pet carriers, retrains, and cargo barriers are good ways to keep your dog restrained.

Traveling with pets
A well-placed cargo barrier will keep you and your pups safe.

Don’t ever let your pet sit in the front seat. Air bag deployment could lead to serious injuries or death.

Never leave your pet alone in the car. High and low temperatures can lead to heatstroke or hyperthermia, just like it could with a young child. Additionally, unattended pets can be stolen.

If your dog has anxiety issues and likes to bark or chew, make sure you bring some toys along to help keep them calm. Vehicles like the Chevy Equinox have several cargo hold to keep such things present.

Keep your snacks to yourself. Snacking on the road is fine, but if you want your dog to have that option, bring pet friendly snacks. Many human snacks contain potentially dangerous ingredients for dogs. While not all are fatal it could make your trip one to the vet, instead of that cozy cabin for the weekend.

Traveling with cats:

Use a pet carrier or cargo barrier. Just like dogs, cats pose a high risk of injury to you and themselves when left un-restrained.

Familiarize your car with your cat. Allow your cat to move around a bit in the vehicle before you pack them up and hit the road. Let them rub their check on things and spread a bit of their scent to become more comfortable.

On warm trips consider bringing a bowl of frozen water to let your cat lick to stay cool. This is a lot less messy than water.

We hope these tips help you the next time you back up Rover and Fifi for a family trip. And if you have any question on which vehicles are best for pets stop by and ask anyone at our dealership. They’ll be sure to steer you toward something that fits your needs.

5 Ways to Have a Labor Day Weekend Road Trip Disaster

Labor Day Weekend has always been an incredibly popular travel day, and this year will be no different. In fact according to The Des Moines Register gas will actually be cheaper than last year. Additionally, AAA is projecting that more than 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more. That’s the highest projection since 2008. But for you folks planning a Labor Day Weekend road trip there are a few things that can cause major heartache.

  1. Getting a ticket. Making good time on your trip is nice. But getting a speeding ticket is miserable. It quickly kills the mood of the trip and is a pain to deal with afterward. Officers will be waiting for speeders on the highways and unless you’ve got some form of police detection device they’ll likely catch you for speeding. Plus, higher speeds are less safe for you and those around you.
  2. Strict scheduling or no scheduling. You need to have a plan for your Labor Day Weekend road trip. But don’t be so focused on the plan that you can’t just enjoy your trip. In that same regard, you’ve got to have some structure. Too much freedom could leave your Labor Day Weekend with just gaps of time where you sit around and do nothing (but hey, that could be your plan).Labor Day Weekend Traffic
  3. Getting stuck in traffic. It’s almost inevitable. But it’s still terrible. At some point in your trip, if you’re passing through a major city you’ll probably hit some traffic. However, if you plan properly you may be able to avoid most of it.
  4. Too much caffeine. Depending on your drive time you might need a little pick me up. Be for warned. Too much red bull, coffee, pop, etc. can give make you jittery. And perhaps worse…it could make you gassy.
  5. Lack of activity. If you’re properly road tripping you’ll be in the car for a while. Nothing ruins a trip like boredom. It’s a gateway symptom to untold horrors. But don’t talk to keep the silence out either…no one likes a chatterbox. Find games or activities that the whole car can enjoy.

We hope this tell-tale Labor Day Weekend travel list can help you avoid travel demise. But if not tell us what we left out and we’ll make sure we provide a proper update for future travel list.