Is your car “Road Ready”?
A family road trip can mean hours of fun or, if you experience car trouble, hours stranded by the side of the road. The car care specialists (and disaster prevention experts!) at Memorial Drive Tire & Auto suggest a quick “pre-trip checkup” we call a “PMI”. That’s a preventive maintenance inspection. We’ll check your brakes, suspension and car battery, which are essential for a smooth, safe drive. You should have your tire integrity and air pressure checked (don’t forget the spare!), along with your fluid levels (including anti-freeze in your radiator—regardless of the time of year). And if you’re going to be on the road for an extended period, an oil change would be a respectful nod to Murphy’s Law that might pay big dividends.
As veterans of countless family road trips, we’d like to offer a few suggestions based on our own personal experiences. First, ice down a small cooler (with a closeable, spill proof lid) with your family’s favorite beverages, in plastic containers. Snacks like packaged baby carrots and yogurt (with spoons) help keep the little ones (and the big ones) from getting “hangry” between stops. Try instituting periodic electronic device “blackouts”, every other hour, to promote conversation. Include a trash bag for disposable items in your car, a pen and legal pad for taking notes on ideas and conversation starters, and remember, a simple deck of playing cards is an inexpensive form of multi-generational family recreation.