First, don’t overload your car and make sure it's not top-heavy. It's tempting to have all your stuff with you when you travel, but remember not to exceed your maximum load capacity. The heavier the car, the worse your gas mileage. Excess weight can also make it more difficult to handle your car in an emergency.
Remember to pack your first-aid kit and emergency supplies. Make sure to have a flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, and some basic tools. Bring fresh drinking water and extra food, just in case. No matter what happens, you'll be prepared.
Make sure to keep plenty of gas in the tank and plan regular stops for meals and bathroom breaks, so everyone stays comfortable…and no one gets cranky. Even if you just stop for a picnic, breaking up the trip will make it more enjoyable.
For a more stress-free road trip, factor in traffic and don't overreact to it when there is a backup. If you add time for traffic and don't worry about it, you'll have a more pleasant trip. If you do hit traffic, a GPS with the traffic feature enabled may help you find a faster, alternate route.
Finally, always drive safely and follow traffic laws. Getting a speeding ticket can really put a damper on your summer vacation.
But remember that having your car in good running condition is the first, most important thing to do before you hit the road.
If there's anything we can do, an oil change, wiper blades, fluids, a brake inspection, or anything else, just give us a call at (978) 534-6566. We want you to be as safe and problem-free as possible so you can enjoy your vacation.
Here are the most common questions people ask us:
- How do I know if my car can make a long trip?
- How should I prepare my car for a long road trip?
- Can you give me a car checklist before a long road trip?
We've got answers to these questions and more. Why not schedule a service appointment and ask us yourself? Or if you're looking for a great car or SUV for a road trip, we can make some great recommendations depending on what you need. All you need to do is ask. We're happy to help.