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It’s July, and we all know what that means: traffic, heat, crowds, road trips, and all things Summer!
For some of us, the Summer of last year was slightly different as many stayed home instead of taking our usual vacation. With the lifting of more COVID-19 restrictions, and vaccinations taking place, this season has the makings of a great Summer.
With these road trips and vacations in mind, it is essential to prepare for travel. Here are a few things to consider:
Crowds: If you would like to focus on having a quieter and more relaxed trip, you should plan on traveling outside of peak holidays. Top attractions and spots typically tend to be busier on weekends. If you can plan to visit on weekdays, it is best to do so, as there will be significantly smaller crowds than what you may experience on busy weekends. If you plan to travel for the festivities, we recommend you book all your flights and stay a few weeks or months ahead to avoid being left out by the crowd. Another way we recommend to fight crowds during rush days is to visit places of high interest in the morning. The early bird gets the worm, and the early traveler gets the head start! The final piece of advice for either occasion is to ask locals of the area for hidden gems and underrated locations!
Summer Heat: Beat the heat for Summer with strategic planning and preparation. Before you head off on your trip, you should check with the weather forecast to determine the kind of weather you will face on your drive and plan accordingly. If high heat is the case, then be sure to pack lightweight and light-colored clothing. Darker colors attract more heat, so you should consider packing neutrals or light colors. Another way to plan ahead is to call your hotel or short-term rental to ensure that the A/C is working correctly. We recommend focusing your family’s outdoor activities to the morning when the sun rises or at night when the sun settles to avoid prolonged exposure to high heat. To prevent heat exhaustion, we recommend staying hydrated, reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, wearing a hat, using sunglasses, and ensuring that you wear sunscreen throughout the day.
Traffic: Just as we humans need to stay hydrated for the heat, our cars need to do the same. We recommend checking your car’s fluid levels, looking for any signs of leakage, and making sure each reservoir is full. Sun damage is also something that affects not only us but also our cars. Overheating is always an issue to be aware of; therefore, you should always inspect your pressure cap, belts, and radiator. To be prepared for worst-case scenarios in traffic, we recommend traveling with an emergency kit. An emergency kit for any road issues should include jumper cables, spare tire, flashlight, hazard triangle/road flares, wrenches, flat tire repair, first aid kit, and non-perishable foods.
Before heading off on any road trip, it is essential to plan and prepare for any scenario. The most important thing is to make sure that your vehicle is as safe as it can be. Some things to consider inspecting are your car’s battery life, brake pad function, wiper blades, tire air pressure, and all lights (brake lights, headlights, turn signals, emergency lights, and interior lights).
If you need any assistance or would like American Five Star Automotive and Transmission to inspect your vehicle before you and your family head off on your trip, feel free to make your appointment here or visit us at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281 and we will be happy to assist you!