April is almost done and believe it or not it won't be long before we start traveling for summer vacation! If you want to get ahead of the game, now is the perfect time to make sure you have everything you need for a road trip.

Here's what you should have on your road trip checklist

  • Physical map: sure, many new vehicles can get navigation, but just in case it's never a bad idea to have a map in the seatback pocket.
  • Emergency cash: for those times when you need to top off your gas tank, buy food on the road, or even get a cheap road-side motel room, if you have a bit more to spare in your budget. We suggest carrying at least $25 in cash and $50 on a prepaid debit card. Remember, emergencies only!
  • Jumper cables: dead batteries happen, and if you have jumper cables you can get help from someone passing by. If your road tripping adventures will take you through a lot of backroads, consider buying a battery pack so you can jump start your own vehicle.
  • Roadside coverage: flat tires and other roadside mishaps happen which is why you'll want roadside assistance. New vehicles and Certified Pre-Owned models have coverage for a few years, and you can speak to us about extending it. Your car insurance company might also provide roadside assistance, and AAA is of course very popular.
  • An emergency kit: hopefully you never need to crack into this, but it something goes wrong an emergency kit can be a saving grace. A good one will have matches, a foil blanket, reflective triangles, and other products to keep you safe. We also suggest making sure you have a flash light and some reusable water bottles on hand.
  • Old clothes: hopefully if something goes wrong you'll be in a place where you can call for help, but we all know areas where cell coverage and traffic are low. An older pair of sneakers or boots, pants, and a light jacket can help make a few-mile trek back to a main road a lot more bearable.
  • Up-to-date service: before you start doing a lot of road tripping, make sure your vehicle is up to date on service. We can do oil changes, tire rotations, battery checks, a multi-point inspection, and check your state inspection if it's almost due.

For more tips on making sure your vehicle is ready for seasonal long-distance travels, contact our service center!

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