Summer is undeniably on its way, and with summer, come family road trips. Whether you’re heading out to a National Park, a mega amusement park, or a family reunion, it’s a good idea to take the time to help ensure that your trip will go smoothly—with no unpleasant surprises. Fortunately, AAA is on hand to help you out.
AAA offers a variety of survival tips to help make your summer road trip the best it can be:
- First things first. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that your car is roadworthy by keeping up with all recommended maintenance. Before taking off on a lengthy road trip, have both your car and your tires inspected.
- Plan ahead. Summer is a busy travel time, so planning your route in advance can help you avoid the heaviest traffic and the most invasive road construction. Further, it will help you plan your pit stops, sightseeing, and meals along the way. Reserving your accommodations ahead of time can also help take a lot of the pressure and guesswork out of your trip (build flexibility into your schedule). Plan your departure time accordingly—and incorporate some wiggle room in your timing.
- Emergency contingency. Keep an emergency kit in your car that contains a first aid kit, batteries, water, snacks that can stand up to summer temps, an extra cell phone charger, and emergency contact information. Planning for every contingency will help you to keep small upsets from turning into full-blown emergencies. In case there is an emergency or your car does break down, keep your roadside emergency number in your smartphone’s contact directory.
- Kids, kids, kids. If you’re traveling with children, take the time to pack entertaining activities for the car, including books, games, music, and coloring books (whatever’s age appropriate). Additionally, talk to your children about avoiding stranger danger; always accompany them to the restroom, and provide them with whistles in case you’re ever accidentally separated. When you’re traveling with children, it’s important to calculate extra stops and breaks into your overall timeline.
- Safety first. Being on a road trip is no time to relax your safety standards. Always adhere to the rules of the road; follow all posted traffic signage; buckle up every passenger every time, and never drink and drive. Further, keep your valuables in your car’s trunk or out of sight when you stop, and always lock your car when you leave it. Finally, refuel when your gas tank hits the one-quarter mark—you never know what may lie ahead, and you don’t want to run out of gas.
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