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Don’t forget to check out my blogs from June 17th and 21st for more tips for summer travel and vacation.

Car Travel Tips

Many people travel by car in the summer. Even if you are traveling a short distance, you don’t want to get stranded. I had my car die on me last year and it was not fun. Fortunately, an older gentleman and two young men helped me out. I was close enough to a strip of stores where they could guide me in. I was also less than a block from home. I have been stranded, in winter, on the WV turnpike along with hundreds of others. This was by far the worse trip of my life. If you are prepared, you are more likely to handle an emergency much more easily and it reduces your stress.

Here are some things you will want to check. Thanks to AAA for this information.

Tires: Check the manufactured recommended air pressure (in the owner’s manual or inside door jamb). Check during colder temps if possible, so early morning in the summer. Use a penny to check the tread depth by inserting the top of Lincoln’s head into the tread of a tire. If you can see his entire head, time for new tires!

Oil: Follow the manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals, replace the oil filter every time and use the recommended oil type and viscosity. I always got the cheap stuff but when I inherited my husband’s car I had to upgrade in oil.

Battery: charging system: test for any hidden electrical issues or if your battery is getting weak. Periodic tests will indicate if repair or replacement is needed before getting stranded.

Wiper blades/fluid: Be safe and make sure this works. If your blades are worn down or are streaky, time to replace them.

If you are traveling, I also recommend having snacks and drinks, an umbrella, jacket, extra change of clothes (if doing a day trip), and in your phone the number of roadside services.

Apps for Travel

Apps can make life easier, less cluttered and more organized.

Some apps you might want to check out want are:

Google Maps for detailed map information.

I like What’s App Messenger and I also use Skype when traveling overseas so you don’t incur phone costs.

Flight Track Pro lets you find your flight information easily.

PackPoint helps you create checklists for your travel.

More Apps

FirstAid and ICE apps self-explanatory.

Oanda Currency converter if you are traveling overseas

Chefs feed for chef’s recommendations of where to eat in the US, Canada, and London.

Evernote is also a great all-purpose app to keep information in. I used it for our honeymoon and it was great with the easy search capability.

red car driving down the highway. 

Takeaways from today’s blog on preparing for car travel tips:

  • Create an itinerary where you will stay with the website, phone numbers, or any other contact information. Have a copy for work if necessary; family or friends, and keep a copy for yourself.
  • Generate a checklist that you can use every time you travel. You can easily keep it on your smartphone or computer. Travel List is a wonderful app;

What do you need to do to your car to get ready for summer travel? What apps can you use to make your road trip easier?

Since delays are pretty much the norm these days, take a book or some form of entertainment. Add an interesting app

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