Helpful Tips Before Your Next Road Trip

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean vacations have to also. The fall season is just around the corner and it is an absolutely great time of year to get away from home, away from your daily routine and away from busy schedules that keep you stressed and going nonstop. Whether it is a quick day trip or a long weekend away, the start of cooler temperatures and fewer crowds make this time of year very appealing. Before getting behind the wheel and setting off on your next road trip, below is a checklist of helpful tips to make your time on the road peaceful and enjoyable. Give yourself plenty of time to go through the list so you’re not rushing and trying to get it all done at the last minute.

Know Before You Go:

  • Be sure to take a look at the last time your car had an oil change. This routine maintenance should be up-to-date. If you are due soon or even overdue for an oil change, make an appointment and have it done before leaving on a trip. That should be the last thing you want to deal with when out of town.
  • Check the tire pressure in your vehicle’s tires and add air if needed. This should be a priority. Even if you think your tires look alright, it is a good idea to still give them a quick check before hitting the road. If anything, it will give you peace of mind.
  • Always have a first aid kit in your car. If you already have a kit, go through it and replenish what may be needed. Unexpected things happen when traveling, especially if you’re traveling with kids, and having a first aid kit is important.
  • Fill up the gas tank. You may be able to make it to your destination with half a tank of gas, but do you really want to cut it so close? Go ahead and fill up the tank the night before you leave to get it off your list of things to do. This way, you leave with plenty of gas because road trips can be unpredictable and you want to be as prepared as possible.


Car with luggage


Now that you have gone through this checklist of helpful tips and packed up the car, it’s time to set off on your newest adventure. Be safe on the road and happy travels!

Helpful Tips Before Your Next Road Trip was last modified: September 13th, 2016 by Chris Leith Dodge