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How to Avoid Disaster on Long Road Trips

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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Road trips are an exciting way to add some thrill and adventure to your life, but if you’re not properly prepared, things can quickly go south. Here are our top tips and tricks on how to avoid problems on long road trips to help make your next journey run smoothly.

Tips to Avoid Problems on Long Road Trips

Divide and Conquer

If you’re not traveling solo, you may want to divvy up the driving time to minimize grogginess while driving. If you’d rather man the wheel yourself, make your co-pilot in charge of the navigation to cut down on distractions so you can focus more on the road.

Have a Plan

Half of the allure of taking a road trip is the carefree, extemporaneous feel of it all. In the spirit of the journey, it may be tempting to hit the road without a schedule. That’s all great—until you find yourself stuck in rush-hour traffic in a major city or scouring for a motel in the middle of nowhere at midnight. Having a loose plan will help you avoid surprises.

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Snack Pack
Hunger strikes at unexpected times. Packing some extra snacks and beverages can help guarantee you won’t wither away to nothing on long stretches of road far from civilization. Trail mix tends to be a popular pick, but skip the M&M mixes if you’re traveling in warm-weather regions to avoid melting.

Get a Checkup

If you haven’t gotten an oil change recently, now is the time. Even if you’re not approaching your due date or mileage, you’ll get there fast once you hit the road, so it’s better to just start fresh. Whether you do your oil change at home or at the shop, you should also have wiper blades, fluid levels, tire pressure, turn signals and headlights checked so you don’t have any hiccups with equipment on the road.

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Schedule a Service Appointment in Birmingham, AL

Looking to get your vehicle checked out before you set out on your trip? Schedule a service appointment with Serra Toyota in Birmingham, AL today. We’ll get you set and ready to go in no time.

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