Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer is drawing to a close, and many families are heading out for one more vacation road trip.

Hit the road with some great advice from OurKids.net!

As you get ready to hit the beach, visit a national park or explore a new water park or camping spot, keep these summer road trip tips from OurKids.net in mind:

  1. Plan Your Route—Plan your trips to travel in a logical order. Anticipate how long your route will take and leave plenty of time to avoid stress and rushing to your destination. Even if you are staying close to home, there could be road closures you should be aware of.
  2. Avoid a Breakdown—Before you leave, it is a good idea to make have your vehicle checked. The last thing you want is to have your car breakdown en route. Look at things like keeping your air and fuel filters clean. Your owner’s manual will advise you on how often they should be changed.
  3. Fuel Ahead—A wise driver will fuel up the day before the trip so they are ready to go and drive past all the long line-ups at the gas stations. Just before you reach your destination, it’s a good idea to top up your tank to have ready for side trips and the return home.
  4. Pack Up and Drive Out—You have packed your family’s bags and suitcases and now you need to make sure your trunk is stocked with the necessities. Items like a bottle of sunscreen, insect repellent containing Deet, and a couple of factory-sealed bottles of water are good essentials to have on hand. Any unnecessary items in the trunk should be removed as they just add weight that wastes fuel.
  5. Keep Kids Occupied—Happy children make for a happy drive. Ensure children are properly buckled in. Keep them occupied with easily accessible games, books, videos, music, and snacks so you can keep your focus on the road. It is also a good idea to pull into rest areas every two hours to have the kids release energy.

For more great parenting advice or to share your own road trip tips, visit the OurKids website: http://bit.ly/QrzzBd

 

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