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How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

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Are you going on a road trip? Lucky you. Just make sure your car is prepared before you go. Here are some quick tips to remember before you begin your adventure.

Load your GPS. Did you know that you can usually load all of your travel information into your GPS ahead of time? This makes it much more stress-free then trying to find an address or a location while your vehicle is in motion! So put all of your information in and relax.

Make sure you are up to date on routine maintenance. Oil changes up to date? Air in tires? The engine having any issues? Get everything checked out to be sure. Many mechanics will give you an estimate at no cost. It is better to figure these things out now, instead of when you are in an unfamiliar place. Oh, and fill up the gas tank!

Do you have kids? If so, you will want to make sure you complete a car seat check. Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. Check the list to be sure your vehicle is ready for the car seat.

Clean out your vehicle, especially your trunk. You will want to have all of the available space your car will allow. So remove anything that you will not need for your trip. Get the vacuum out and wipe everything down too. It sets the mood for the whole adventure if you are traveling in a clean, well-maintained car.

Enjoy! It is time to hit the open road. You and your car are both ready to go. Now sit back and enjoy the ride!