All in all, we love to travel, but I will say that traveling with four kids is just as ‘fun’ as it sounds. (and by ‘fun’, I mean crazy).
Our kids are young- 8, 7, 5 and 2, so being prepared is something that we have to do if we want to keep our sanity. Seriously. We have to have everything ready to go, days in advance, including the car! No matter what kind of trip we’re going on… we want to be prepared (here we are tubing on the lake this summer!)
Here are 5 tips to get your car ready for vacation:
1- Check your tires if you have a long trip planned.
1. CHECK THE TIRES.
I always check the tires: the air pressure and the tread before going on a trip. Check the weather, too, because you need your tires to hold up in the rain (summer rainstorms can come out of the blue, but try to be prepared.) Do it a few days in advance, that way you can either fix your tires or you can get new ones. My wife and I get our tires at Cooper Tires up the road from us. If you need new ones, right now there is a Cooper Tire Summer Drive Event We try to buy Discoverer SRX, Discoverer STT and Discoverer A/T because they increase our car’s performance, help to get us better gas mileage, improved traction and just an overall better drive for our fun summer trips.
Discoverer SRX features Cooper’s innovative Wear Square, the company’s exclusive visual tread life indicator. The Wear Square is located at six points of reference around the inside and outside of the tread. Throughout the tire’s lifetime, the square changes shape beginning with a full square and ending with an exclamation mark when tire tread is low, allowing consumers to quickly and easily assess the approximate tread remaining on the tires. Plus, we love the warranty: premium 65,000-mile treadwear protection warranty and 45-day road test guarantee ensure a confident decision and comfortable ride for SUV and CUV drivers.
2 VACUUM IT OUT
You wouldn’t believe how much ‘stuff’ accumulates in our car. I think when you have a clean car when you are leaving for vacation, it is just refreshing. You are getting away from everything and going in a clean car helps to relax everyone (mostly the driver!) Ps- if you go to the beach… take your car to a local car cleaner before you head home to get the sand out of the car!
3. CLEAN THE WINDOWS
My wife can drive with her windows smudgy and it drives me crazy. Cleaning your windows is so important for visibility! I try to do this with window cleaner and a squeegee for the best results. ( I like to wash the full car before leaving)
4. CLEAN THE MIRRORS
Same concept as the windows – the mirrors are important. Be sure to get all of them.
5. CHECK YOUR FLUID LEVELS
Make sure your coolant is at the maintain level, to help keep the engine cool. Check the window-washer fluid. Change the oil before you leave. (Or check it to make sure there are no leaks and it has the proper amount – check your owner’s manual to get the right info).
We love to travel… and explore new places, but we need to be safe in our car to keep our family safe (to enjoy memories like this ones…)
consumers are eligible to receive a prepaid Visa card worth up to $70 when purchasing a new set of four qualifying Cooper Tires through participating dealers (find one here: Dealer Locator ) Its awesome that you are getting a great offer on Cooper Tires plus the extra $70 in the prepaid Visa Card!June 1 through July 15 ,