Months ago, I planned a summer road trip to Oklahoma for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Well, “planned” is a bit of a stretch.
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Tips for your summer road trip
1. Make sure car is in sound condition, so check fluids, windshield wipers, tires, spare tire and so on.
2. Try to keep gas at a half tank or more. At around a quarter tank, gas sloshes around and hampers a smooth flow of gas into the engine, which can hurt gas mileage.
3. Make sure you carry jumper cables, flashlight, water and other just-in-case items.
4. Prepare for the environment. Pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses.
5. Don’t drive drowsy.
6. Plan for the trip, but don’t overdo it. Leave time for unexpected things and sudden inspirations.
7. Have a paper map, just in case your cell phone or GPS loses service.
8. Be patient with your travelling companions.
Source: AAA/The Auto Club Group, National Geographic
1. Free wi-fi finder.
2. GasBuddy - cheap gas nearby.
4. AAA Mobile - roadside assistance, maps and directions.
5. iExit - Tells what’s available at upcoming exits on the interstate, including food, hotels and gas.