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A road trip can be a fulfilling, inspiring, and highly entertaining experience. On the other hand, it can be a frustrating journey, if you’re not prepared. That’s why we’ve provided some tips to help you get through your next road trip.

Bring the Essentials

The last thing you want is to run out of something on the road. Make sure you are well prepared for any emergency or issue on the road with the following items:

  • Emergency kit: Read our suggestions on what to pack in your trunk and car for emergencies
  • First-aid kit
  • Plenty of water and dry snacks
  • Blankets and comfortable clothing
  • AAA and insurance cards

Do a Safety Check

Take a moment to perform a quick safety check to ensure your family can ride safely. Make sure your car seat or booster seat is installed properly and the windows and locks are working properly. It’s also a great idea to check the tire pressure, fluid levels, indicators, headlights, brake lights, horn, and wipers to ensure they are working properly. You should also have a full tank of gas and your tires should be filled with air, at minimum.

Get Plenty of Sleep

A sleepy driver is a dangerous driver. Make sure to get enough sleep so that you are driving well rested. When you feel tired, switch off with another driver.

Wear Your Sunblock

Even the sunlight that comes in through the car window can burn your skin, if you haven’t protected it with sunblock. Bring plenty of sunblock for the whole family.

Store Items Low

Keeping heavy items low and off the seats will ensure they don’t go flying around the car if you have an accident. Make sure nothing is just rolling around or stored in a dangerous position.

Set a Budget

You can quickly spend too much on food, tolls, and fun during your drive, if you don’t set a budget beforehand. Start setting money aside for your trip, or take advantage of a pre-paid credit card to keep your spending in check.

Upgrade Your Ride

If you aren’t sure that your vehicle will make the trip, don’t risk it. Take it to a mechanic for a quick checkup to ensure it can make it the distance and that there aren’t any pressing issues to worry about. If you frequently have troubles with the car, or are tired of dealing with repairs and breakdowns, it’s time for an upgrade. Contact Messy Motors at 888-309-1049 to schedule free towing service and to sell your junk car for top payout on the spot.

Have Fun

Most importantly, drive safe, keep your eyes and ears open, and enjoy the ride. Map the route or invest in a GPS or a highly-rated GPS app. This will get you to your destination faster and help you find your way, if you get lost at any point. There are a number of apps that can pass the time on the road for the passenger. Bring games or a DVD player for kids in the car, and don’t forget to bring something to keep you occupied in the car for those moments when you aren’t driving.