With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, approximately 30 million people are anticipated to hit the road and travel 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend. Since holiday weekends and road trips go hand in hand Penske Automotive Group wanted to give our customers and fans some guidance on long distance driving.
- Driving with limited visibility can be stressful so to minimize this added distraction make sure windshield wipers are working well and you can defog windshield if occasion arises.
- Avoid tailgating, keep a respectful distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- When driving in limited visibility make sure your headlights offer a nice beam of light that covers nice radius.
- Schedule rest times for snacks, naps and exercise. This breaks up the trip and cuts down on drowsiness. Side note, when picking snacks avoid excessively salty or sugary products because it will affect your blood sugar and drowsiness.
- Fill up on gas when you see it. Don’t wait for your gas tank to be on empty. It is never dun to be stuck on the side of the road with no clue where the nearest gas station is.
- Create a road trip mix. When selecting music for the trip keep in mind two things. Unless you have XM radio you can’t expect the radio stations to carry from state to state. We highly recommend songs you can sing along to.
- Along these lines we recommend books on tap. Great way to keep your attention level high and bond with family.
- Remember it is always a good idea to have a map and or GPS with you.
- This may sound crazy but pack gum. Sometimes keeping jaw moving helps driver stay alert at the wheel.
- Note the traffic radio stations for states/highways, they may come in handy when you hit traffic.
- Hydrate a little at a time over the long haul to avoid frequent bathroom breaks.
- Make sure your vehicle is in peak performance before setting off. Schedule a appointment with Penske Automotive Groups service department to look at your lights, fluid levels, tire pressure, and brakes.
- Make sure to pack medical kit in case an emergency pops up. It also doesn’t hurt to have jumper cables, spare tire and flares.
- Also try to pack your car systematically so you don’t have to pull everything apart while looking for something.
That’s it. Have a great road trip and a happy Labor Day weekend. Oh and send us pictures.