Before you hit the road for your summer road trip, take a look at this checklist to make your trip easy and with no “bumps”. We have included several things to do before your trip to ensure the safety and performance of your vehicle is up to par and some ideas on how to make your time on the road fun for you and your crew.
Before you begin your journey, it’s important to be sure your vehicle is in tip top condition to take on the road for a few days. Consider taking a look at these things to ensure your safety and have a worry-free trip.
Pre-Road Trip Checklist:
- – Check all fluids, including power steering and brake, transmission, engine oil, windshield washer fluid, and antifreeze/coolant.
- – Check the hoses and belts
- – Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread.
- – Check wiper blades (These should be changed every spring)
- – Inspect interior and exterior lights to ensure they are all working correctly.
REMINDER: Be sure to let your financial institution know before you hit the road, so they know to honor every card transaction made while you are away.
Map out your route, it’s good to have an idea of the places you want to stop and things you want to see. When doing this take a look at our “Find an ATM” tab on our website. WCU is a part of a network of 30,000 surcharge free ATMs all over the country? This means you can be miles away from WCU and have direct access to your money.
Don’t forget to pack the important things to keep you safe, entertained, & comfortable while driving long hours on the road. Here are some ideas on what to pack in the car to make sure every aspect of the trip is fun for everyone.
Entertainment – Playlists, pack plenty of toys and activities for the kids, listen to audiobooks, car charger or portable battery pack and headphones. You could also play on the road games (license plate game, alphabet game, or “I’m going on vacation and bringing…”) these are always fun ways to keep people entertained.
Food/Drinks – Bring a lot of snacks and drinks! To save money (and time) pack snacks for everyone and a cooler full of more substantial items like sandwich stuff, fruits and veggies. Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated!
Personal Hygiene – Keep in mind that you will be in the car for long periods of time, it’s always a good idea to keep a travel kit with deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, dry shampoo, antibacterial hand wipes, lotion, and anything else that keeps you feeling fresh.
Comfort/Safety – Get plenty of sleep before hitting the road to stay alert and better focused. Plan some rest stops – it’s recommended to take a break every few hours for you and your car. Pack a car emergency/ first aid kit just in case and always use hand free devices.
Road trips are a great way to keep your friends and family together. Start the summer off right and start shopping for your next car! Click here to shop the region’s largest inventory.