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As we begin Spring Break here in Arizona, many of our families and college students will be hitting the road for some fun in the sun or snow! Tucker Tire & Auto always wants to make sure we do our part to help make those road trips as enjoyable and problem free as possible.
In a previous blog we told you about road trip inspections for your vehicle and how important they are. An inspection before you hit the road can only help to save you from spending your Spring Break on the side of the road or in a repair shop instead of on the beach or slopes!
This blog will be the other tips to help ensure your Spring Break is as fun as you have been imagining all semester! These are the top things people forget when planning…
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU LEAVE
No matter where you’re going, travel is so much smoother and more fun when you have a plan. Start by mapping out your routes (remember not all areas have service to use those smartphones and map apps) this will help to avoid wasting time getting lost or from anyone getting stressed out.
2. TAKE TURNS
When you’re going on a road trip, take turns driving (and in the passenger seat getting that nap before the fun begins!) Being more alert allows everyone to help watch the traffic areas along with keeping up with directions.
3. BRING SNACKS
Now who doesn’t want good snacks on a road trip? Those fast food drive thrus get old quick! Pack a lot of easy to eat snacks that help keep your energy levels up. If you can fit a small cooler in the car it’s great to pack some drinks and… don’t forget the water, you know you’ll need it!
4. TRAVEL LIGHTLY
You want everyone on the trip to enjoy a comfortable ride. The space is limited so plan your packing ahead of time to “try” and avoid over packing! We know, this suggestion is not usually practiced J A packing list also help you to not forget anything!
5. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SPARE TIRE
You knew we had to mention tires… that’s one of the things we are great at! Before you pack the car, double-check the trunk to make sure, you have a spare and second that it’s in good condition and full of the correct air pressure. We also feel like it could be a good idea to check out YouTube and watch a videos on the best and safest way to change a tire on the side of the road.
6. CREATE A PLAYLIST
A week or so before you leave take a little time to update your phone with your favorite tunes! Some mellow music is great and relaxing but you don’t want to get too relaxed while driving. Big reminder that relaxed/tired drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. We want you to stay safe so…download some fun music and…Don’t forget your car charger!
7. PAY ATTENTION TO THE TRAFFIC LAWS (ESPECIALLY IN NEW AREAS)
Make sure you’re driving at a reasonable speed, a few hundred dollar speeding ticket will definitely change the mood of your spring break trip. Also note that there are a number of states where hand held phone calls are no longer allowed so, let your passengers handle the calls and texts.
8. DETERMINE MILEAGE
We all know the code word “Spring Break” to gas stations means…time to raise the prices. There are a number of apps and websites to help you find the best prices around you. A good one is GasBuddy.com - Check them out before you fuel up to help save some of your cash for the fun stuff.
9. ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
There are a number of options for assistance, one place to start is with your auto insurance to see what it covers. Other known options are companies such as AAA. Being prepared if something does happen lowers the stress and frustration.
10. HAVE FUN
There’s nothing better than making great memories with friends and family to talk about for years to come.
Until Next Time...Charlie
"Diagnosed the problem, replaced the bad hose and finished the entire service within 2 hours. They were honest and fair with the price. No hidden fees added. Traveled from Anthem to have truck serviced as I use to bring old vehicle here. Worth the drive to be treated so nicely and to have honest work done. They are my #1 go to people for servicing. I highly recommend them to all who read this." Rich S.