Across much of the nation, the kids have been let out of school for summer break. The weather is warm. The swimming pools are open. It’s really beginning to feel like summer out there, isn’t it? And even though the start of summer isn’t until Friday, June 21st, many families are already planning their summer vacations. Some are packing up the family and travelling to beaches and theme parks. Others are loading up the camper and heading to the mountains to reconnect with Mother Nature. Still, there are those who are taking the family on the road – to embrace the freedom and the excitement of the summer family road trip.
Did you know? The highway network in the United States consists of over 4 million roads.
America is a nation of immeasurable splendors. Our country has more amusements, roadside attractions, and natural wonders than any traveler could see and appreciate in a lifetime on the road. Planning a trip across America can be a real adventure for the family. But, if you’re hoping to take the family on a cross-country road trip this summer, there are a few things you may want to consider.
First: What’s your eventual destination? All roads lead to somewhere. Driving aimlessly with the family in tow may invite revolt, so have a destination picked out. If you have a family friend or relative in another state across the country that you’d like to see, use them as your final destination. If they’re agreeable to a visit from your family, you can take your time and see the sights along the way. When you arrive at your final destination, stay for a couple of days, relax and recharge, and then get back on the road home.
Second: Is your vehicle in road trip condition? No one expects to break down on a highway in the middle of nowhere, but so many forget to do a pre-road-trip tune-up on their family vehicle. You’d be well-served to get a full tune-up and inspection from your local mechanic or auto shop.
Third: Pack well. Road trips can be a load of fun for the whole family, as long as you’ve thought about what you need to take with you for each planned stop along the way. If you’re planning to take a dip in Colorado’s Grand Lake, plan to bring swimming suits, towels, and inflatables for the younger kids. If you’re planning to camp out for a few nights in the Black Hills of South Dakota, make sure you bring the tent, sleeping bags, a lantern, and some mosquito repellent.
Lastly: If you’re taking a long journey across the states this summer, you can expect to run into some seriously-buggy areas. Bug splatters can be gross on the windshield, but they can also be detrimental to your auto’s paint job as well. If you’re planning a long road trip this summer, you’re probably already thinking about how you’re going to clean up spills and messes in the car (from soda pop to chili dogs, you know it’s going to happen), so take the time to grab a few cleaning supplies for the exterior. An extra gallon of windshield wiper fluid would be a great item to have along on the trip. Some Bug & Tar Remover is also advisable.
A pro-quality bug and tar remover (such as Lifter-1 Bug & Tar Remover) removes all kinds of yucky bug stuff, as well as tree sap and road tar. With a little Lifter-1 Bug & Tar Remover and a clean cloth, you can easily wipe away the mess and save your paint job. And, the citrus components of Lifter-1 Bug & Tar Remover are gentle on your finish.
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