It’s finally summer, the time for backyard barbecues and scenic road trips. But before you load all your luggage and children into the car, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. It wouldn't be a road trip without a disaster or two, so you need to be prepared for any and all catastrophes before you leave.
Everyone experiences a car-tastrophe of some kind during a road trip. Your license plate could fly off, your tires could pop, your engine could die, or your suspension could break. All of these disasters are preventable, if you have your vehicle inspected before you go on a long journey.
A fluids check and a thorough inspection will prepare your car for any eventuality. Your mechanic will also let you know if your car can survive a road trip.
If you car can handle the distance, just practice responsible driving techniques. Drive defensively, obey all traffic signals, and wear your seat belt. You’ll be on your way to new landscapes and adventures in no time!
You don’t expect thefts to happen while you’re at a rest stop or hotel, but they often do. However, they don’t have to happen, and they won’t, if you keep two key rules in mind.
One: don’t bring your valuables on a road trip. You can survive a vacation like this without your fanciest clothes or jewelry. You don’t need to bring every electronic device you own, and you certainly don’t need to bring your Xbox. Bring only what’s necessary.
Two: don’t leave your luggage unattended. Thieves watch closely for opportunities where no one is looking, so someone should always watch your luggage. It should be safe enough inside your hotel room, but while you’re loading or unloading, stopping at a rest stop, or pausing to explore the wilderness, someone should watch the car.
You need to watch out for yourself too. If you take the following steps, your summer road trip will go smoothly for sure.
- Collect all necessary forms of identification, including your passport, if you intend to cross borders.
- Leave the contact information for hotels and cell phones behind with friends and family.
- Make sure friends and family know where you’re going to be at all times, including hotels, rest stops, etc.
- Keep at least one cell phone fully charged in case of emergencies.
- Have all necessary medications on hand.
As long as you take all of the necessary precautions, your vacation should be a blast. You should be able to relax on your trip, not worry constantly about your health or belongings. Be prepared, so you only have to worry about having a great time.
For more tips on how to make your summer vacation a success, contact Monte Carlo Inns today!