You’ve picked the perfect destination, a great route, and the perfect travelling companions. You can make your next road trip that much more enjoyable with the following tips. Get set for the best road trip ever!
Get Your Car Inspected
Making sure you car is in tip-top mechanical shape is of utmost importance if you are travelling away from home. Nothing ruins a road trip more than spending half the time on the side of the road, or in an auto repair shop. Avoid these headaches, and get your car checked out before you hit the road, and ensure that your drive is smooth and problem free. Making sure your windshield wipers are working, and you have windshield wiper fluid will prevent problems if you encounter rain. Even if you have had your car checked, it is always a good idea to keep a spare tire, and the tools needed to change it, somewhere in your car. Accidents do happen, and if you are prepared with a spare tire, it will be a quick fix.
We know you use your phone for all navigation, but what if you are caught in an unfamiliar area with no service? Plan ahead, and store a map in your car in case of an emergency. At least you will be able to figure out your next move if you become lost in an area with no cell phone service. On that same note, make sure you bring your phone charger as it will probably be your main source of directional information.
Check the Weather
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but especially if you are travelling a good distance, the weather can be significantly different from where you start. If you encounter a snowstorm, rainstorm, or any other intense weather, being prepared will be key. If you are travelling through an area that will be snowy and icy, make sure your car is equipped with appropriate tires. Your perfect mountain vacation will be ruined if you can’t make it up the steep slopes! Be informed about the weather before you leave and you will be better prepared.
If you are travelling with children, you know that entertainment in the car is paramount to the trip being enjoyable. If you have a DVD player in the vehicle, make sure to load up on new movies to keep kids occupied while you drive. Kids might want to bring their own electronic devices to watch movies or play games on; make sure these are charged fully before you leave. Card games, or other simple games like the license plate game, can also help keep young travellers occupied. Books are always a great choice for any trip, and if you have very young children you can bring books to read aloud to them. Knitting and crocheting are both easy to bring with in the car, and give you something to do when you have hours to drive. Whether or not you are travelling with kids, music is essential to a great road trip. Make sure you have a great playlist to keep you energized in areas where the radio stations may be lacking. If you have a long way to travel, having fun in the car is part of the trip; make it as fun as possible!
Some people have a strict no-snack policy in their cars, for those of you make sure you have plotted out great restaurant stops. For the rest of us, snacks are a fun part of any road trip, and there are often standby snacks that make the trip more enjoyable. Coffee can be a lifesaver for those early morning or late night routes. Fruits and veggies can be great healthy snacks to bring along, but candy and chips are always a hit with kids (and adults!). Whatever snacks you bring, they will make the trip more enjoyable, and stretch the time between stops.
Get Your Car Windows Tinted
Maybe you have never thought of tinting your car windows, but doing this can really increase the comfort level of your car. Just like in your home, a car experiences major energy loss through its windows… and cars are half windows! Even if the air conditioner is running full blast in your car during a summer trip, if the sun is blazing down on you it will still feel uncomfortably hot. UV car window tinting can keep you cool even when the sun is shining in. Car window tinting also protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun; skin cancer is still a concern even through a car window! Especially if you are taking frequent trips, adding a layer of protection to your windows can cut the amount of harmful sun you get. Window tinting also protects the upholstery in your car from fading, and the dash from cracking. You get the added benefit of better fuel economy if you don’t need to run the air conditioning as often. If you are looking for car window tinting in Nashville for an upcoming trip, Accu Tint can help!
So if you are looking forward to an upcoming road trip, use these tips to make it even better! Get your car checked out, grab some snacks and entertainment and hit the road! If you are in Nashville, get your windows tinted before your next trip for an unbelievably comfortable ride. Have a great trip!