How To Avoid Major Headaches On Your Next Summer Road Trip - Toyota Parts Blog

mapSummer road trips can be a lot of fun.  They also can create a lot of stress.

As we gear up for the summer road trip season, it is important to keep the following tips in mind. If you do, all of your road trips will go off without a hitch.

1) Plan the Best Time to Leave

If you have small children, try to leave when they are relaxed and tired.  This would probably be in the evening and they could sleep through most of the drive. Also, do not forget to take traffic conditions into consideration.

2) Bring Entertainment

There is nothing better than playing car license plate bingo or other fun car games. Bring a variety of games for everyone in the car to play. This will make the trip go much faster and everyone will be in a better mood.

3) Bring “Quiet” Entertainment

In addition to car games, make sure there is entertainment that is quiet and does not bother other people.  After a while, your passengers might want some time to themselves.  Bring books, portable MP3 players, video games, and other activities.

4) Bring Snacks

To ensure an efficient trip, bring lots of snacks to avoid having to stop for food frequently.  This will also help you save money.  If you really want to save time and money, pack a cooler full of sandwiches for meals.  Also, don’t forget water and other drinks and make sure the food isn’t terribly messy either.

5) Bring a First-Aid Kit

On any long road trip, people will get sick and accidents will happen.  Being prepared ahead of time can help make it a more pleasant experience.  Bring bandages and basic medications.  Pack them in a zip-lock bag and don’t forget paper towels and toilet paper just in case.

If you follow these tips on your next road trip, it will be great and you’ll want to start planning your next one as soon as you return.  Also be sure to use quality Toyota parts, also known as Toyota OEM parts, before you go on any summer road trip.

Written by Tom Blackman