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Before you hit the road, take simple steps to get your car ready for the journey.
posted in: Lifestyle
by Valerie Hawkins

Get your car road trip ready

Summer is winding down, but there's still time to sneak in a final family vacay! And whether you’re driving a few towns or a few states over, it’s a good idea to check to make sure your car is in tip-top shape. This will help save you time, money and potential headaches.

Here are a few simple tips to help get your car road trip ready.

Car maintenance

Simple car maintenance now can help avoid a big road bump later (see what I did there?!) Here are the top things to check before hitting the road:

  • Check the condition and air pressure in your tires
  • Test your wipers and wiper fluid
  • Make sure your headlights and taillights are working
  • Change your oil and filter
  • Clean your car, inside and out

Pack the essentials

As a young driver, my dad had my trunk choc-full of, what I thought to be, MacGyver-like tools. And sure enough, those “unnecessary items” always ended up saving me. Big time. Here’s a sampling of what papa Steve packed for me:

  • Spare tire, tire iron and car jack
  • Spare car key
  • Spark plugs
  • Small garbage bags to keep your car neat
  • Owner’s manual and insurance cards (Pro tip: Download the COUNTRY Financial mobile app to access to your insurance card, roadside assistance, policy and account details, or to easily connect with your rep!)
  • Tow rope
  • Blankets and an extra coat

Other tips for a successful road trip

Once you have your car maintenanced and packed, keep these tips in mind when you’re on the road.

  • Use cruise control – steady speeds will help your gas mileage
  • If you’re tired, pull over and rest. Don’t try to muscle through with caffeine!
  • Put down your phone. Never text and drive, and use hands-free when making calls.

We’d love to hear from you – what road trip tips do you have? Or share your favorite road trip memory in the comments below!

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