How to have a safe and fun summer road trip
(ARA) - Summer is the perfect time to hit the road and discover new
back roads in your state or drive cross-country. A summer road trip is
a great opportunity for those once-in-a-lifetime experiences and a
great way to make memories with your friends and family. A little
planning and preparation will make your road trip even better. Here are
some tips that can be essential to summer road trip success.
Plan your route. One of the most exciting parts of a summer road trip
is the planning stage. By getting everyone involved, you can ensure
that everyone gets to visit the stops they want to see along the way.
The most important part of planning your summer road trip is mapping
out your route. Numerous online resources can help you plan your pit
stops along the way. If you're looking to see places off the beaten
path, try one of the scenic byways listed on www.byways.org or if you
like to visit more oddball attractions, try www.roadsideamerica.com.
State tourism websites are also a great place to find summer road trip
ideas and most offer online tools to help you plan your trip.
Book reservations for your accommodations. If you're not able to stay
with friends and family along your route, it is recommended you make
hotel or campground reservations in advance. Also, research what each
company's policy is for late check-ins or canceled reservations in case
you get delayed by weather or road construction.
Perform maintenance on your vehicle. Have your vehicle, RV or travel
trailer well inspected and serviced before you leave. Check fluid
levels, belts, fans, hoses, filters, tires and brakes. Make sure your
spare tire is usable and if you'll be traveling over a lot of rough,
gravel roads consider taking along more than one spare tire.
Pack the vehicle for safety and fun. While a summer road trip can be a
lot of fun, there will also be times when being in the vehicle for
several hours together could get tiresome. To ensure everyone stays in
good spirits, pack a few items for entertainment and travel-friendly
snacks like pretzels, animal crackers, raisins, cereal, fruit, granola
bars and trail mix. Stop at grocery stores along the way and stock up
on bottled drinks, sandwich supplies and ice.
Keep trip expenses in check. Fuel for your vehicle will be one of your
biggest expenses during your summer road trip, but there are a few
things you can do to reduce costs. You could bring one or more friends
or family members with you and split the cost of the fuel or visit
www.gasbuddy.com to find the lowest fuel prices available in each area
you visit. You can even get prices sent to your iPhone or other mobile
device as you travel.
If you are driving a pickup on your big summer adventure, you can see
immediate gas mileage improvement by installing a truck
bed cover on your pickup. A truck bed cover, also known as a
tonneau cover, will reduce drag, making your vehicle more aerodynamic
at high speeds. One affordable and high-quality option is the Access
Roll-Up Cover, manufactured by Agri-Cover, Inc., a North
Dakota truck accessory company. Made of heavy-duty, double coated
vinyl, the roll-up cover installs quickly and easily with a clamp-on
installation and is designed specifically to fit your truck. Since the
roll-up cover is lockable, it will also protect your gear while
traveling. When not in use, the cover can be rolled up behind the cab
and never has to be removed when hauling larger items or a travel
By making these preparations ahead of time, you'll ensure that your
unforgettable adventure won't be ruined by setbacks along the way. For
more information on the Access Roll-Up Cover and to find out how much
gas money you could save on your next summer road trip, visit