What can be more American than taking a road trip in the middle of summer? Top down. Sunglasses on. Music blasting. The open road ahead of you. As American as apple pie. Planning ahead for a summer drive can make your experience more enjoyable and most importantly safe.
1. PRE-TRIP CHECKS
ABefore you hit the road, first make sure that your car is operating properly.
Are your tires inflated and rotated properly?
Is your gas tank full?
Is your check engine light on?
Has your car been serviced?
Make sure your oil been changed?
2. BEAT THE HEAT
While you are driving during the summer time it can get really hot with the sun blaring down and
temperatures trending upward. You will want to keep cool with the AC or open windows and make
sure to stay hydrated with lots of water. It might mean more pit stops for restroom breaks, but you
will want to stay alert while driving. That means keeping cool and keeping hydrated and getting
plenty of sleep. If you are feeling tired or dizzy, pull over and rest or change drivers.
3. INCREASED TRAFFIC
Millions of our fellow Americans have the same idea of hitting the open road during that summer months and that can lead to congestion and accidents. Be aware that many more vehicles are on the roads during the summer season and adjust accordingly. Always be a defensive driver and be cognizant of blind spots and other drivers behaving erratically. Safety first.
4. STOP AND ENJOY THE SCENERY
Don’t be in such a hurry to get to the beach or wherever your destination takes you! Pull over. Often. You don’t want to miss that mountain view with the sun setting or the chance to smell the flowers by the side of the road or that little strawberry stand. You might never return to these places so why not stop, take a picture or two, converse with the locals, eat lunch and move on.
5. MUSIC MAKES THE ROAD TRIP
Road trips just aren’t the same without the proper music to go along with the ride. You will want to prepare a good mix tape (digital these days) and enjoy your favorite tunes while riding down the open road. Just Google “summer road trip songs” for playlist ideas and you will be ready for your driving adventure.