Make Your Holiday Travel Fun and Safe With These Handy Tips
Make Your Holiday Travel Fun And Safe With These Handy Tips
There’s nothing more classic than a good road trip, and they’re even more fun during the holidays! The little details count the most in a road trip. Out of ideas? We’ve got you covered with some pointers to keep your trip fun and exciting.
Service your Car
Before you hit the road, bring your car in for a checkup. Let a mechanic check the brakes, fluids and tune the engine. This will make sure your road trip stays safe!
Keep it Clean
Clean your car before you head out, and don’t let your trash get out of hand while you’re driving. You and your passengers will feel much better if everything is clean and clear. You don’t want wrappers and bottles spilling out of your car whenever you open the door for rest stops.
Join an Auto Club
Being a member of an auto club has a lot of benefits. Not only do they send you informative newsletters and magazines, but they also provide roadside emergency services like towing, lockouts, and tire changes. Some clubs also have rewards programs that give you discounts and coupons that you can use at local motels, hotels, and restaurants.
Some of them are even authorized to sell auto liability insurance, registration, and notary services. These clubs will have offices or affiliates at multiple locations and will provide you with emergency contact numbers that can be used even when you don’t have cell service.
Carry an Emergency Kit
An auto emergency kit will include jumper cables, a portable jump starter, flares, some basic tools, an extra cell phone, batteries, and a flashlight. This kit can help you avoid a night out in the cold if you run into battery troubles. Cold temperatures drain batteries faster, and having an emergency kit handy will not only keep you safe, but give you peace of mind.
Pay Any Pending Traffic Tickets
A traffic citation can feel like a ghost over your head while you’re trying to enjoy your vacation. Make sure that you pay all your pending traffic tickets before you start your road trip.
Keep Your Documents Updated
Carry your registration, license, and insurance when you go out on long drives. Make sure they are current. Double-check to make sure they are in the glove compartment and updated.
Take a Map
The GPS changed the road trip game, and now anyone can download apps to tell them where to go. But GPS doesn’t do as well in older neighborhoods and places with weak reception. It’s always good to have a map on hand so you don’t get lost!
Most gas stations and rest stops will have a map of the area, and some have maps of the whole country! Attendants running city rest stops will also give you tips on local tourist attractions and rare finds!
Coffee may keep you awake, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you’re drinking. Carry plenty of water and stay hydrated. You’ll have to take more bathroom breaks, but that will give you a chance to stretch your legs and get some air.
This is our list of little details that need to be considered when planning a road trip. They will make your vacation safer and more fun.