For some, warmer weather means more road trips. That’s why we’ve put together a list of road trip tips to help you get the most out of any long-distance excursions you might be planning this summer.
The most important thing to do before you go is make a checklist. According to the Travel Channel, you should secure a reliable cell phone (in addition to the one you may already have), get your vehicle serviced, and check your spare tire. By having doing an overall checkup and staying prepared, you’ll avoid ending your trip early.
Adding up fuel mileage is also important, as this is one of the major costs for your road trip. By filling up your car, resetting the odometer, and then recording how many gallons you’ve used when you fill up next, you can calculate your actual fuel mileage. Simply divide the miles by the gallons of gas, and that’s your vehicle’s mpg. By taking the average from multiple calculations, you’ll get a more accurate readout.
Though this may be a given for most, make sure to bring something to keep the kids entertained. Nothing drains the life out of a road trip like unhappy travelers. Bring games, snacks, and plenty of music for the trip.
Last but not least, pack light. Fewer bags mean more space, plain and simple. By following these tips, you’re bound to have a great road trip.