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.
Before you head over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this holiday season, make sure your car is up for the challenge. Here is our road trip pre-departure checklist to make sure you don’t find yourself stranded while everyone else is enjoying the party.
“The last thing anyone wants during the holiday season is to break down miles from home in the middle of nowhere,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It’s always a wise idea to have your vehicle checked out before you leave home to identify any potential problems that can be serviced before your holiday journey.”
Check your tires. Be sure to check your tire pressure and tire tread to make sure they are in good shape before hitting the road. Not only does the safety of your passengers (and yourself) depend on it, but you’ll also improve your car’s efficiency.
Check your batteries. If your battery is nearing the end of its useful life, you’ll want to get it replaced before you leave. Frigid temperatures will only magnify any problems the battery has, possibly even leaving you stranded with a car that won’t start.
Check your fluids. Check your engine oil, engine coolant, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
Check your windshield wipers and lights. Finally, ensure that your windshield wipers effectively clear your windshield without leaving distracting streaks, and check all the lights, including the interior lights, headlights, high beams, blinkers, reverse lights, and brake lights.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.