With Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s Day all on the horizon, many of us will be loading up the car and heading out-of-state to visit family and friends this December. Before you gas up and go, you may be thinking about what kinds of things to bring to help pass the time in your vehicle. To help you, I made a handy list of must-haves and travel tips to turn your holiday commute into a memorable road trip.
Keeping your body hydrated means consuming half of your body weigh in water every day. By staying hydrated ahead of time, you can eliminate the need to drink lots during the journey and prevent unnecessary bathroom breaks.
Check out the route
Taking an extra 15 minutes to look at your favorite map app can save headaches in the driver’s seat. If you have an idea of where you are going, it can help you notice when you get to important intersections. Looking ahead can also help alert you to possible weather or traffic related hold-ups and plan accordingly.
Check under the hood
While you are planning ahead, it is always smart to double check the engine before any road trip. Checking the coolant, oil, power steering fluid and brake fluid will help alert you of potential hazards. If anything is low, it is ready to cause problems and it is wise to make sure all your fluids are topped up before a long trip. Since you are putting a lot of stress on the engine during long drives, it is better to be safe with extra coolant than have your engine overheat when you are in the middle of nowhere.
We recommend checking the tire pressure and windshield wiper fluid while you are at it.
This may not seem important, but food gives us energy and long road trips can be a drain on the mind and body. Having some food to recharge can help keep you alert. Whether it’s hour one or hour thirteen, having snacks is integral to having an enjoyable and fun road trip.
This one may seem like a no brainer, but if you are planning to spend all day in a car with a few other people, you definitely want to be cozy. Bringing an extra blanket or pillow is always recommended and can help relieve discomfort on your back, neck, head or butt. I always like to wear my favorite stretchy pants and a big sweater, so I can be extra flexible and warm no matter the changing climate outside.
Pick the right vehicle
While all cars are made for the road, not every car is built for road trips. You probably want to avoid cramming five people into a Volkswagen Beetle, or taking a passenger van if it’s just you and the dog. The ideal car has enough space for every passenger to be comfortable and, hopefully, still gets good gas mileage. This is where Fallon Ford-Toyota comes in. We can help you upgrade to a fuel efficient and comfortable used car near Reno, that’s perfect from the long miles ahead.
Some other helpful tips are to keep the kids entertained to make the trip seem a lot shorter. You can read about some fun games here. If you’re looking for a few more tips on picking the right road trip vehicle, take a look at this blog that we recommend. We recommend taking a look at one of our used Fords or Toyotas if you’re in Reno! So that’s it! Be prepared, drive safe and, of course, enjoy the holidays! After all, they only come once a year!
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