Sometimes the best way to take a summer vacation is to drive instead of fly. After all, America has some amazing road trips, and you should take an epic road trip at least once in your life. If you’re hitting the highways and byways in your Toyota this summer, here are some tips to help you make it an awesome trip.
Tune Up Your Toyota
Before you start your journey, it’s important to take your car for a tune-up. Your local Toyota workshop will service your vehicle and check for any other mechanical problems. You’ll be driving during the summer, so you should also have the air conditioner serviced. The service should involve checking for leaks, topping up refrigerant, and changing the cabin air filter if necessary. Finally, make sure your spare tire is in good condition.
Download Travel Apps
Google Maps is always around to help you get from A to B. However, there are a few other useful apps that are designed for the road tripper. Roadtrippers.com is great for planning your route. Its vast database covers all the classic American road trips as well as off-the-beaten track routes and quirky attractions. Waze is great for updated traffic information such as collisions and traffic jams. You’ll be covering a lot of miles, and GasBuddy will help you find the lowest gas prices along your route.
Be Ruthless With Your Packing
If you drive a minivan or large SUV, it can be tempting to pack everything but the kitchen sink. However, carting around less stuff is less stressful and can lower your gas usage. It also means you’ll have extra space for all the souvenirs that you may take home. Pack only the essential items and, if you have kids, ask them to take only their favorite toys. Remember that you can buy items as required along the way.
Play Road Trip Games
If it’s a family trip, load up the kids’ smartphones and tablets with games before you head out. However, nothing beats the good old-fashioned road trip games when it comes to fun on the road. Take a break from the electronic devices and get the family playing classic games like 21 Questions, I Spy, or the License Plate Game. Other fun games include Road Trip Bingo, Hangman, and Would You Rather, where kids choose between two, often silly, questions that can have the whole family laughing for hours.
There’s no doubt you’ll have a plan for your trip. Just the same, the joy of road tripping is discovering new places and being spontaneous. Take detours to places that aren’t on the schedule. America is full of quirky and giant roadside attractions like the largest catsup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois, the largest axe in Woodstock, New York, and the largest teapot in Chester, West Virginia. If a fun event is happening in a town you’re passing through, why not attend and stay the night? Some of the best memories come from spur-of-the-moment decisions.
Nothing beats the freedom and adventure of a road trip. With these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to making it a memorable summer vacation.