If you were to pick one style of vacation that everybody around the world collectively enjoys, it’s a road trip! And what’s not to love? Whether you gather your family into the sedan and head away for a week to visit relatives, you and your friends are planning on hitting the beach for a weekend of camping, or you just want to get away for the night and wake up to a new view, a road trip is the activity for you.

However, despite what you might see in the movies, a road trip isn’t all about movie montages and gasoline fights with your super model friends.

If you are about to embark on a road trip and would love some tips on how you and your passengers can arrive in good spirits, keep reading.

Start with Your Car

How well your vehicle performs on the road trip can determine the mood for your and your passengers. For example, if there is steam constantly coming out of the hood or you are always watching the temperature gauge then the vibe inside the vehicle isn’t going to be relaxed. For this reason, give your car a quick check using the following guide:

Fluid Levels

Empty or low fluid levels are the easiest piece of engine maintenance to take care of, however, are often forgotten right before a road trip.  Take a few minutes to check the following levels:

  • Engine Oil
  • Brake Fluid
  • Coolant
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Water

If you can see that any of the levels are low, top them up or consider replacing them with new fluid.

Tires

The last thing that you want to encounter on your road trip is a blown tire. Not only can it be dangerous when driving at freeway speeds, but it can also put an easily preventable damper on your plans. Take some time to check the condition of your tires, including the spare in your trunk. If you can see that there are any bald spots or chunks/pieces missing from your treat, take the tire to your local store to either have it repaired or replaced.

Now It’s Time for You and Your Passengers

With basic vehicle checks taken care of, it’s time to pay attention to those inside the vehicle. To help with this aspect, consider these tips:

Music

Be sure that each person in the car has created their own playlist for the journey and take it in turns to change the music. This is a good way to listen to a wide selection of music and make everybody happy. A great rule to use with this is for the driver to be the one who chooses the music. If your phone can’t hold enough offline music, check out the Groupon Coupons page for Straight Talk and upgrade your handset for the journey.

Food and Drink

Just because you are the driver doesn’t mean that you are responsible for everybody in the car. Be sure that each person packs enough food and drinks for themselves and has something to contribute to the car, also. An even better idea is to make a trip to the supermarket the night before and split the cost of the items you will need to the adventure.

Stay Entertained

Music isn’t going to cut it for the whole journey and conversation can only go on for so long. Look for additional ways that you and those in your vehicle can enjoy the ride such as travel games, movies, and TV shows along with any studying items that could be reviewed using the time.

A road trip is a great way to get out of your house and enjoy the outdoors. However, just like all vacations, it only takes one small problem to cause a disaster.

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