4 tips for the best summer road trip ever

Apr 26, 2017 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
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Road trip is one of the favorite activities in summer in tropical countries and the Philippines is not an exception. If you’re like most Filipinos, you’ll soon be hitting the road for a summer getaway.

In this article, we mention handy driving tips to help you get ready for the perfect summer road trip in your beloved car.
 

1. Ensure your vehicle’s best condition

You should never, ever begin your car trip before having your car checked thoroughly at service center. It seems that your vehicle is in tip-top condition, but only a professional can be able to detect lurking problems of your car.
 
A girl in front of an engine bay

You should never, ever begin your car trip before having your car checked at service center. 

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Something below should be added to your car checklist:

• Battery
• Lights
• Oil
• Water
• Brakes
• Air
• Gas
• Engine
 

2. Plan your journey

No matter how many destinations you will go, it’s very important to sit down, study the maps and make a travel plan in advance. 
 
two male hands, one holding a cup of tea and the other put on a map on a table where also places a camera and a compass

It’s very important to sit down, study the maps and make a travel plan in advance.  
 
Think about your budget, departure and arrival times, the weather, activities and anything else that may influence your road trip.

Moreover, a back-up plan is also required in case of traffic or car troubles. Don't let it ruin your trip. Make sure you've prepared ahead of time in order to easily deal with any incidents which may occur on the road.

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3. Bring only what you need

Before driving away, make sure that you prepare well for your trip. Don’t pack tons of stuff in your suitcase. Instead, leave room for what you will acquire during the trip like gifts or souvenirs, etc.
 
An open suitcase with tons of stuff

Don’t pack tons of stuff in your suitcase. 

Additionally, you should bring some “just in case” items such as: phone chargers, paper maps, and a list of emergency phone numbers and auto club cards…

Alongside, a roadside emergency kit is absolutely necessary. You can purchase a ready-made kit or create your own with these items:

• First aid supplies
• Fire extinguisher
• Tire gauge & foam tire sealant
• Jumper cables
• Flashlight & batteries
• Duct tape
• Multi-purpose tool

If you’re wondering how to pack all stuff above in your cars, the luggage trunk of an SUV or a van is spacious enough for everyone and everything.

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4. Practice safe driving techniques

Whether you're heading to suburb or driving up the coast of the country, don't leave home without our tried and tested driving tips.

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A couple driving on a road

Don't leave home without our tried and tested driving tips. 

 
Be careful as much as possible in order to avoiding traffic, saving money and staying safe on your summer road trip.

Hope that our tips will be helpful for you. Now, it’s time for your getaway. Summer is coming! 

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