Now that Memorial Day is over and the kids are out of school, it’s time to start thinking about a summer road trip. But before you head out, get your vehicle inspected from end to end by your mechanic. Here are a few things you can do on your own to get your rig ready to go.
Checking your tire pressure ensures that your tires are fully inflated, which gives you better gas mileage. But checking the spare tire and jack is just as important. Pull them out to make sure that the spare is fully inflated and the jack is in good shape. If your spare mounts under the vehicle, make sure that the mechanism that lowers it is functioning as well.
Throw in some gloves, a flashlight and even a four-way lug wrench if you really want to make sure that you are able to change a flat under any conditions.
Keeping the windshield clear involves wiper blades that are in good shape, windshield washers that work and of course the glass itself. If it’s been over a year since you put on wiper blades, go ahead and replace them. It’s usually very easy to do yourself. Make sure the windshield washers are spraying out with good pressure and coat the windshield with a product such as Rain X. This sort of product will help shed the raindrops and make those nasty bugs easier to remove.
Pack things such as snacks, juice boxes and other items to keep the family from getting too grouchy between meals. I know that when I start getting “growly” when I’m driving, my wife simply throws a granola bar my way (while it may seem that she is trying to end my hunger issues, she mostly does it just to make me quit whining).
Having trash bags located in a few key places ahead of time can not only keep things clean, but it helps keep things organized. Dump them out every time you stop for a rest break and there is a lot less to clean up when you reach your destination.
Like it or not, travel these days includes a lot of electronics that will need to be recharged. Having an adapter that allows several electronic devices to be plugged in at the same time might prevent at least one reason for an argument along the way.
Keeping kids happy during a long road trip can be tough, but there are hundreds of great tips out there to help you. Simply search online under “road trips with kids” and you will get more ideas than you could ever use.
With gas prices up so high, going to a state park that’s close by might be a great option. There are endless areas to explore with fishing, camping and many other things available for you to do. Check it out at the Nebraska Game and Parks website.
Have a great summer vacation!