I am excited to work with Autotrader to bring you these great tips. Autotrader is sponsoring the giveaway kit as a part of the promotion, and I also received a kit as part of the promotion. #drivenbysummer
Today is the first official day of summer, and now – FINALLY! – my kids are done with the school year. It had started to feel like the kids would be in school forever, after our friends on the other side of the country started their summer vacations a month ago. Yes, we had a little bit of summer envy going on!
We’ve already been enjoying daily swim team practice and weekend swim meets since Memorial Day (and let me tell you – it’s tough to live in both worlds. School during the day and summer swim team in the evenings). I am excited to jump in to our full-fledged summer break starting this week, with scout camps and swim parties and other outdoor adventures.
I’m also excited since summer means that we can finally head on those road trips we’ve been planning. This year, we’re skipping the cross country road trips and planning some shorter trips that are a little closer to home.
5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for the Summer
Keep it running smooth – check out Autotrader’s top 10 tips for getting your car ready for summer travel. They know exactly what you need to check up and tune up to keep your car on the road and out of the shop while you’re enjoying your summer.
Keep it clean – Before and after road trips, I like to do a thorough cleaning inside and out. Having a recently-vacuumed and clutter-free car may not make the car perform any better, but it sure does make the driver perform better (at least that’s my personal experience!).
Keep it cool – A simple sunshade (Amazon affiliate link) to place in your windshield while the car is parked. Window shades like this one for the back seat passengers not only keep the kids cooler while they ride, but also protect their little arms from harsh UV rays.
Keep it stocked – I would love to keep my car stocked with a supply of water, snacks, and sunscreen (because we need those all the time on our summer outings) but the fact is, the interior of the car gets way too hot here during the summer to keep anything perishable or sensitive to heat inside for any extended period of time. Instead, I keep a bag in the house by the door so I can grab it before I leave. In that bag, I keep water bottles, a few snacks that aren’t messy, a bottle of sunscreen, and anything else that we frequently need when we’re on the road. Inside the car, I always have an emergency bag with things I might need – a flashlight, a tire gauge, ponchos, bandages, etc.
See my post from last year on what to keep in the car!
Keep everyone entertained – My mom and I were just discussing the difference between what in-car “entertainment” meant for me when I was a kid versus what it means for the average kid today. I’m still of the mind set that kids don’t need to watch a movie unless we’re on the road for multiple hours. Luckily, there are several other ways to keep passengers entertained while in the car, whether it’s a 15 minute drive around town or a 15 hour drive to Grandma’s house.
One of my favorite things to do for the summer, when we tend to spend more time driving to activities around town as well as out-of-town trips, is to keep a supply of books, notebooks, colored pencils (NOT crayons….they’ll melt!), and puzzle books for the kids to enjoy while on the road. We just stash those extras in the seat back pockets and they’ve always got something to do (that doesn’t include arguing with their siblings!).
What are some of your best tips for getting your car (and your family!) ready for summer time travel? Share them in the comments below (and check the widget!) for a chance to win an awesome prize package from Autotrader!
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Enter to WIN a fun Summer Car Readiness Giveaway Package
One (1) winner will receive a package from Autotrader which includes the following ($122 Value):
- Autotrader branded charger ($15)
- Tire Pressure Gauge ($11)
- Roadside Safety Kit ($26)
- Sunscreen ($18)
- Poncho 4 pack ($7)
- Safety Tool – Seatbelt Cutter, Hammer ($10)
- Emergency Wind Up Flashlight ($10)
- Visa Gift Card ($25)
This giveaway will end on July 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET, after which a winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Open to US residents only, 18+. Good luck!
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