It is spring, and you may be looking out the window, thinking about the summer vacation you are planning. You expect to have a lot of fun, and you may be wondering of all the great things you are going to be doing. However, it is a smart idea to put the vacation daydreams aside and think about the logistics of the trip. If you are going to be driving some distance, you have to be concerned about certain things. Here is a list of what you ought to check before you head out for a few days of fun.
1. Take A Look at Your Tires. A good set of tires can last up to 50,000 miles before being replaced. Nevertheless, you should take a look at the condition of all four wheels. Be sure that the tread is not worn down. You also need to be sure that no bubbles are on the sidewalls. The final thing you need to do before you back out the driveway is to check the air pressure. Properly inflated tires make for a smoother ride and will save you money at the gasoline pump.
2. Investigate The Coolant. You are going to be out on the open road, but there will be times when you are driving through metropolitan areas. Urban congestion is going to cause the traffic slow down and this may mean your car will heat up. You do not want the interior to overheat, and the right level of coolant will protect against climate trouble under the hood. While you are looking at the coolant levels, be sure the air-conditioning of your car is working. You certainly do not want that to go bad!
3. Do Proper Maintenance of All Fluids. Fluids mean transmission, power steering, oil, and even windshield wiper fluid. Everything has to be working properly with sufficient fluid levels.
4. Review All Reservations. A lengthy trip can mean staying overnight at the hotel. Be sure that the reservations have been made and that you have a confirmation number readily available.
5. Entertainment for the Children. Kids try to behave but a trip of several hundred miles can be very tiring for them. Make sure they have games and puzzles to keep them interested. As you look at the route you are taking, see if there any place of interest where you can stop to stretch your legs. It is a splendid idea to have at least one meal at a restaurant while you are on the road.
6. Home Security and Pets. Be sure that you have all the doors and windows locked. You may also want to ask a neighbor or friend to drive by your house periodically to make sure everything is all right. If you are taking your pets with you, be sure they have a water supply and toys to keep them occupied. It makes sense to have a dog or cat in a cage, so they do not land up in your lap.
7. Always Pack What You Need. You will want swimsuits, shorts, and whatever else you may want to make your vacation even more enjoyable. Be sure that you have several changes of clothes in your suitcases.
8. Pack The Car Sensibly. The first thing to do is remove from the trunk anything that you don’t need on a vacation. Be careful of the amount of weight you have in the trunk because that is pressure on the rear tires. Also, keep in mind that it is going to be hot in the storage area of your car. It makes the trunk the wrong place to pack food.
You can take a look at your telephone to be sure that you program in all of the necessary phone numbers. Let a relative or friend know where you are going to stay on any given day, and what the emergency numbers are where you can be reached. By all means make sure that you start out with a full tank of gasoline. That allows you to get a few hours on the road before you have to stop for a refill. A long trip on summer vacation is something that you can remember for years to come. If you plan ahead carefully, you can have the time of your life and your family will love it.