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Planning your first major road trip in years

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Planning your first major road trip in years

Spring is a season that brings in new life and new adventures. When it comes to planning a trip with friends and family, most people love the idea of going on a road trip. People love road trips because they are fun and you get to explore different parts of the world on your terms. But, what some people fail to realize is that planning a road trip takes some preparation.


We all love the idea of taking our cars and hitting the road. Hitting the road without preparation is not a good idea because it can lead you stranded if your vehicle is not maintained correctly or if you don't have what you need inside your car.


Tips For a Successful Road Trip

  • Check your car: If your vehicle isn't in its optimal state, it can be dangerous to make a road trip. However, there are easy ways to make sure your car is ready for a road trip. We recommend you start by checking your car battery's condition as the battery powers your car's electrical systems. Secondly, check your car's tires and tire tread to ensure that it is ready for harsh road conditions. Finally, checking your car's fluids is a good way to have your vehicle at its best performance on the road. We recommend checking brake, power steering, transmission, and windshield wiper fluids. 

  • Optimize space: Having space is a luxury when it comes to a road trip. Most people don't own minivans, so planning and making use of the space in your car will undoubtedly make your road trip experience much more enjoyable. We recommend taking different types of shoes and clothes for the different kinds of weather conditions you might run into.

  • Make an electronics strategy: Making an electronic strategy can make all the difference in road trips. We recommend you bring extra portable battery chargers, portable entertainment for the kids to watch movies, and gadgets that help you with the weather conditions, such as portable fans or electronic hand warmers.

  • Make frequent stops: Making frequent stops or changing drivers is a great way to prevent someone from sleeping on the wheel or dozing off. We recommend you make frequent stops to make for an excellent mental and physical health break. Stretching is a good way to help your body circulate blood as you can be on the road for hours in one position.

At Service Plus Automotive, we specialize in auto repair and preventative maintenance to Domestic, European, and Asian vehicles. If you live in the Calcium/Fort Drum/Watertown area, schedule an appointment today with Service Plus Automotive. You can find us at 27721 State Route 283, Calcium, NY 13616 (just across from Fort Drum), and we are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We look forward to hearing from you!


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