Summer is almost officially here (June 20th is the official day). It’s time to swap out backpacks with luggage and boots with flip flops.
A lot of people plan their vacations during the summer months. Some prefer air travel whereas others find it less expensive and more fun to drive to their vacation destination.
Before you head out on your driving journey, be sure to give your car a once over to ensure that your car is in tip top shape. That last thing you want is car issues ruining your much anticipated vacation.
Autotrader has a lot of great advice surrounding vehicles, whether buying, selling or taking care of the one you have. Inspired by the changing seasons, Autotrader wants to make sure you are ready for safe summer driving, whether it’s to a game, a park or even a cross-country road trip.
If you have a moment, I would recommend checking out Autotrader’s top summer safety and car care tips.
Before my family heads out on a road trip we always give our cars a once over and look for any possible trouble. For example, the other day my husband found rocks stuck inside the grooves in my tires. It’s a good idea to check your tires to make sure there is nothing stuck inside of them that could lead to a flat on your road trip (nails, metal, other debris…).
Speaking of tires, makes sure if you have a spare tire that it’s also in good shape. Check the air pressure and make sure it’s suitable to use in the event you have a flat.
If you don’t have it already, I would highly recommend buying into an emergency car service like AAA. Trust me, it’s well worth every penny. It’s nice to know you have something available to you should you need a battery jump or a tow to a local service station. We even gifted a one year subscription to our daughter who just got her first car.
I would also recommend investing in either a GPS system (if your car is not already equipped with one) or download a GPS-like app on your phone. That last thing you want to have happen is to get lost. They are also handy to have should you need to take an alternate route.
Check the weather before you go an plan accordingly.
A hundred years ago when I was a child (ha ha) my family and I (including aunt, uncles and cousins) planned a huge family vacation to Massachusetts. We piled into two cars and headed off for our destination, not knowing a hurricane was going to hit the area hard. We got half way there and had to turn around and go home (we were in New York) because of the impending hurricane. Some how being stuck in a hurricane while driving didn’t sound like the type of vacation we wanted.
Make sure you have plenty of snack, drinks and fun things to do to keep everyone in the car happy. It’s OK to stop for snacks too, but you’ll make better time if you save the stops for “potty breaks” and to stretch your legs.
Lastly, make sure your car is equipped with a First Aid kit filled with essentials you might need like medication for bee stings (or bug bites), medication for Poison Ivy and so forth.
Be sure to check out the tips on the Autotrader page too.
To see what others are saying about Summer Car Readiness, check out the hashtag #DrivenBySummer on social media.
I have a great giveaway for a lucky reader, compliments of Autotrader. The prize package includes:
- Visa Gift Card ($25)
- Autotrader branded charger ($15)
- Tire Pressure Gauge ($11)
- Roadside Safety Kit ($26)
- Sunscreen ($18)
- Poncho 4 pack ($7)
- Safety Tool – Seatbelt Cutter, Hammer ($10)
- Emergency Wind Up Flashlight ($10)
This is a $122 value! Thank you Autotrader!
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me your best summer travel tip (either one mentioned on Autotrader, here or one of your own).
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.
*I received a similar prize package from Autotrader in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Autotrader will be providing the prize package.