Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

5 Essential Things to Know About Road Trips

Road Trips

There’s nothing better than packing up the car or SUV and heading off down the road. However, there are a few things that can make your road trip much better, or at least less stressful!

To Plan or Not to Plan

Some people love the thrill of “ending up” somewhere based on random fingers on a map. Others, however, panic at the thought of not having a clear idea of what the end point is for the journey. Do some soul searching here and decide which category you fall into. Maybe you’d like to combine the two by knowing where you want to end up, but not necessarily what you’ll do on the way.

Make Lists

No matter how you stay organized, packing lists will make things easier. When you start planning your trip, write down everything you know you’ll need to take with you. Make a list for each person, and make sure items are checked off as they are packed. This will not only save lots of searching on the road, it will save cash too by eliminating unexpected stops for supplies.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Many people forget that all important tune up, checking and rotating the tires, and changing the oil – all those things that will make sure your vehicle is up to the task. This is especially important if you are heading out on a trip that will be hundreds or even thousands of miles. There’s nothing worse than being five states over and trying to deal with all your luggage, the kids, and a car that can’t finish the trip.

Learn Games

If kids will be in the car, you need to do a quick bit of research to come up with games to play on the road. If you think you can rely on tablets or cellphones, think again – you will come across areas where reception and signal are poor or non-existent. Knowing a few games for backup will save the day!

Pack a Cooler

If you don’t want to spend your entire vacation fund on fast food or convenience store snacks, pack a cooler. Each time you stop for the night, find a grocery store and restock anything you'll need for the next day. Bringing a stocked cooler on the road will also save on the amount of time it takes you to get to your destination since you won't have to stop every time someone in the car gets hungry.

These are just a few of the important things you need to know about road trips. Don’t forget to have fun and just enjoy the ride!

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.

ASK A QUESTION

More related articles

P0121 OBD-II Trouble Code: TPS "A" Circuit Range Performance Problem
P0121 code definition Throttle Pedal Position Sensor/Switch (TPS) A Circuit Range Performance Problem What the P0121 code means P0121 is a generic OBD-II code which indicates that the Engine Control...
P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222 code means The manufacturer specifies a range of acceptable voltage to be produced from the throttle position...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...


Related questions

Q: Driving about 3 to 4 hrs and then my car stopped and won't start. Why?

Hello. The issue that lies within your vehicle is either the coil packs getting too hot and shutting off, or the trigger to the coil packs being dropped. The camshaft and crankshaft sensors are what controls the triggers for the...

Q: The engine is making rattling very high noise when you start the engine and constant.

The fact that the oil pressure drops when slowing down or stopping would suggest that the oil pressure is lower at lower engine RPM's. This means that the oil level volume is low. The oil capacity in an engine is...

Q: How do I reset the Tire Pressure Monitoring System?

Your truck is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This system lets you know when your tire pressure is getting low. To reset the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Drive the vehicle over 20 mph for 2 minutes. Park...