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Tips to make your road trip a stress-free success

Give your car a full tune up before you go or consider renting a car. One week before you go on your road trip, take your car in for a tune up and ask your mechanic to ensure the car fluids are topped, air pressure in your tires is at its best for highway driving, and any other necessary concerns regarding your vehicle are addressed. Also, make sure you pack a roadside safety kit just in case of an emergency. If you're at all concerned that your current vehicle is not "road trip worthy," then you may want to consider renting a vehicle for your road trip. 

Pack your own food and plan a picnic. It doesn't just keep you eating healthier, but it also saves money, too, especially if you're traveling with your family. Also, if you plan ahead, you may find that there is a great stop for a scenic picnic in your travels and packing a picnic is so much better than flying through the Drive-through. If you do make a stop, either for a picnic or to explore a cool sight along the way.

Don't forget to pack a boredom buster bag for the kids. If you're traveling with kids, you need to make sure you have plenty to entertain them during your road trip. Don't forget to pack some kid music your children like along with fun travel games that include magnetic board games. DVD players are an option for really long trips and as long as your child isn't prone to car sickness. Of course, electronic games will keep your kids occupied but limit the time on these toys if you're traveling through some great scenic areas. It's an excellent chance to bond as a family!

Avoid trouble. When you're on a road trip, you need to be street wise. Don't be a target for crime by leaving your valuables on the seat in your car. When you park your car, hide your valuables. Always park where there is good light and foot traffic and make sure your windows are rolled up and the doors are locked whenever you leave your car.  Finally, when you're driving, watch your speed. If you are the driver, you are responsible for your passengers. When you see signs that say, "Speed limits are photo enforced," believe them. Other good driving tips include avoiding rush hour, especially in bigger cities, and whenever possible take turns driving with other people in the car. You'll also want to avoid driving at night if you are not familiar with your surroundings.

 

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