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Road trip checklist if driving your vehicle long distance.

Posted by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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  1. Planning your road trip close to the summer months is nice, but if you're going during July and August, be prepared for crowds at the national parks and other popular destinations and make your reservations early.   Camping Check List

  2. Service your car and have a mechanic ok your car for the long trip.

  3. Bring tools, extra fan belt, quart of oil, gallon of water, Hand Wipes, flash light, tire pressure gauge (check tire pressure often), car manual, garbage bags, tire chains if expecting snow, matches, can opener, pillows, babies special items, Vector Power Inverter, cooler & picnic items. Picnic Tips   Folding Table & Folding Chairs

  4. Check your spare tire and make sure you use your car jack to make sure it works & if all the cars tires can be removed.

  5. Have a Road Emergency Kit with jumper cables and a gas can. Survival Books

  6. Each person should have there own set of car keys. Don't forget a Portable First Aid Kit, and some Sun Screen & Lip Balm.

  7. Buy a Rand McNally 2010 The Road Atlas and maybe buy Driving Software to find campgrounds and points of interest along your chosen route. Try a Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Automobile Navigator but also have maps just in case the GPS stops working but also to verify the routes your taking because GPS systems are not perfect.

  8. Find out if there are any special events happening along your route that you might want to see or avoid.  News Papers   Events 

  9. American Automobile Association (AAA) is a good place for resources. If you become a member you might be able to get some discounts at certain places.
    Automobile Driving Links to Check for Road Closures and Safety Tips

  10. Make reservations to campgrounds or Hotels if needed.

  11. Make a list of things and gear that you might need. Recommended Outdoor Gear List

  12. A few days before you leave, pack your car with all your gear to see if everything will fit.

  13. Follow the rules and regulations of the places you are visiting and always be nice to the small town locals.

  14. Make a Personal Travel Check List.

  15. Cell Phone & charge cord. Check with your cell phone provider to see if you have coverage in the places you are visiting. Write down and input emergency phone #s into your cell phone of the places you're visiting, hotel phone #, tour group phone #, car rental phone # & the airlines 800 # incase of flight changes, embassies, police, hospitals & your doctor to name a few.
    Travel Cell Phones and GPS Rentals   Wireless solutions for over seas

  16. Leave plenty of extra time on your trip to be spontaneous. Try to avoid driving in congested areas during rush hour traffic.

  17. Driving long distances is tiring so take breaks and share the driving. Also bring things to entertain yourselves, like music, games, toys for kids and a journal to write about your trip. Bring a camera too.

  18. Bring your sense of humor and be prepared to get under each other’s skin because not sleeping good, not eating good and being out of your comfort zone makes everyone a little more susceptible to irritations from travel mates. So be aware that this is usually unavoidable even on short trips. Talk about these moments before you leave. Stay safe and stay in control. Enjoy.

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Tips for Increasing Gas Mileage: First record your current gas mileage. Get a tune up and get a free breathing performance air filter. Pump up your tires to the maximum rating listed on the tires sidewalls. Use engine oil of a low viscosity. Keep your speed down, accelerate gently & do not drive aggressively. Remove cargo racks to cut down on aerodynamic drag or at least make the rack more aerodynamic. Install window deflectors to decrease drag and to avoid using the AC. To minimize the time you spend fully stopped with your engine idling let your foot off the gas the minute you see traffic slowing or a red light in front of you. Use your cruise control and drive safe. Try not to use a gas station right off the highway exit ramp because they usually have the highest prices. Search for a gas station a little further away from the exit to save money.
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Please Drive Safe
37,000 fatalities a year in America from driving accidents. Stats
Driving accidents cost America $164.2 billion annually.
So please drive the speed limit and pay attention to the traffic around you. If you are too tired or feel in danger then please pull over in a safe area.

by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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by Bronze Member on Mar. 2, 2011 at 10:03 PM

 Very intersesting.  Great things listed.

by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Great tips, thanks for sharing!!

by on Mar. 2, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Great tips! Thanks!!

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