The busy summer travel season has arrived and with the recent drop in gas prices, this summer will be a perfect time to take a road trip with your friends and family. Whether you’re driving within the state or across the country, there are some precautions you should take with your vehicle to ensure you get to your destination. Below are some helpful tips to make sure your vehicle is prepared for your next big adventure.
Review your vehicle’s load capacity to make sure you aren’t excessing the weight limit of the car. On most new cars, the total weight capacity is printed on the door placard inside the driver’s door jam. This load rating includes passengers and cargo weight. Keep in mind that your vehicle’s MPG is reduced with extra baggage. Cargo on your vehicle’s roof should only be filled with light, bulky items. If you place heavy loads on the roof, it can make the vehicle more difficult to handle in emergency situations and could even increase the risk of a roll over. If not in use, remove the roof rack, as if can affect your fuel economy.
Keep a Clear View for All Mirrors
When packing for a road trip, it can be easy to pack your truck all the way to the ceiling of your vehicle, which could block your view of seeing anything behind you. As a safety precaution, make sure you keep a clear opening to see through the rear-view mirror.
Use a GPS System
If your destination is in an unfamiliar area, it’s wise to prepare with the proper navigation resources. A GPS navigation system will not only help you get to your location, but it will make it easy to find gas stations or restaurants along the way. With traffic-enabled devices, you can receive warnings of roadway congestion and find an alternate route. Also, a navigation system can help direct emergency services to your location if needed.
Take Frequent Breaks
Although your mind is focused on getting to your destination, it’s wise to take breaks once every hour to two hours along the way. If you sit in your vehicle all day, you increase the chances of blood clots in your legs and/or other health risks. Plus, taking a break can make the road trip just that much better! Find a local family-owned restaurant, tourist stop or even a shopping complex to walk around in an area you’ve never seen. Sometimes, it’s about the journey and not so much about the destination.
Driving Around Traffic
Even though it is the summer, there are still rush hours and periods of time when the roads will be at a standstill. It may make sense to drive later in the evening or even early in the morning to guarantee you get to your journey’s end on time and with little to no stress. Also, in the event that you are stuck in standstill traffic, use your GPS system to navigate you through off roads to where there is little to no traffic.
Prepare for the Unexpected with an Extended Warranty
If your vehicle was to experience an unexpected breakdown during your road trip, you would have to deal with the financial burden of the situation. From the tow truck and the rental to the costs of the repairs and a hotel if you’re in an unfamiliar area, your road trip could be over within a matter of seconds. Don’t let your road trip get wrecked by an unexpected breakdown. Protect yourself before your road trip with extended warranty coverage from Warranty Direct. At Warranty Direct, we believe that every customer deserves the absolute best and most complete coverage available. You never know what exactly might go wrong with a vehicle, and it always pays to be prepared for any situation. No matter which one of our exceptional extended warranty plans you choose, you’ll automatically receive extensive nationwide coverage, exceptional service, and a number of complimentary features designed to add maximum value to your Warranty Direct vehicle service contract.
Do you have any other road trips tips you’d like to share? Where do you plan on going during your summer vacation?