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6 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Road Trip

Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to hit the road. But before you load up the car, check out these helpful tips to make the most of your road trip.

1. Get a Tune Up
Before you get on the road, make sure your car is in top shape. The last thing you want is your road trip ruined by a breakdown. Check your tire pressure and oil levels, and make sure you have a supply of windshield wiper fluid, coolant and oil in your car, in case of emergencies. AAA has a number of approved auto repair shops that can help prepare your car for the journey ahead.

2. Know Your Route
On a road trip, it’s important to know where you’re going and how to get there. Map your route ahead of time so you can find the best ways to get to your destination. AAA Colorado Trip Tiks are a great resource for planning your path. They list construction zones, hotels, dining, gas stations and more, so you know exactly where to stop for what you need.

3. Grab Some Trail Mix
Food is an essential part of any road trip. Since you’ll be spending a majority of time in the car, it’s important to have healthy, energizing snacks to sustain you until your next meal stop. Trail mix, granola bars, nuts, cut vegetables and string cheese are easy to pack and store in a cooler. Also, be sure to have bottled water on hand to stay hydrated.

4. Jazz Up Your Drive
To avoid boredom on long road trips, create a music mix with a variety of genres to keep everyone entertained. If your group prefers talk shows, download some popular podcasts to pass the time.

5. Keep the Family Entertained
If you’re traveling with kids, they will inevitably get restless after a few hours in a car. To avoid the “are we there yet” mantra, bring along some games to keep them occupied, such as a stack of cards or travel sized board games. You could also create a scavenger hunt, giving kids a list of items to search for on the road. If nothing else, you can always fall back on the ever-popular license plate game.

6. Be Adventurous
One of the best parts of a road trip is discovering new places. When you’re planning your trip, build in some extra days so you have time to make unexpected stops at some exciting attractions along the way. Your journey will be more memorable if you take the time to stop and enjoy the world around you.

For more tips and tools to plan your road trip, visit an AAA store today.