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Summer road trip essentials

Date posted:  8/1/16 09:00:00 AM

Road trips are a staple of the summer season.

Whether it's a family of five or a group of friends, road trips are an exciting time for everyone to bond while heading to and from a destination. As gas prices remain low, road trips may even be cheaper than flying.

Before you hit the road on your summer trip, here are some helpful reminders to make it a smooth experience:

Map everything out
Smartphones have quickly become personal navigation devices that can help you find just about everything. But, while driving on the interstate in the countryside, you may go through areas with poor reception, which will then have an effect on the navigation app you use.

To prevent this, map out your trip in advance and print those directions out. Purchasing a foldable map with the interstates is also helpful to have in the car. Don't limit yourself to a digital device because you never know when a paper backup will come in handy.

Check your car
While it definitely is possible to hop in your car and start driving, it's not recommended that you do so, especially if your trip is going to be hundreds, maybe even thousands of miles.

Check your tires to ensure they're at appropriate air levels, take your car in for an oil change if necessary, and ask for general maintenance, U.S. News & World Report recommended. It also wouldn't hurt to make sure the air conditioning unit functions properly to help you and your passengers cool off when necessary.

You'll also want to have emergency supplies in your car, including a spare tire, jumper cables, blankets, a radio, batteries, a flashlight and a first-aid kit. A gasoline container may come in handy if you run low on fuel but are too far away from a gas station to make it there in the car.

During long road trips, you can never be too careful. It's better to over-prepare, which can help you enjoy your trip with a relaxed state of mind.

Save up
Gas is cheaper these days, but you still need to save up for your portion of fuel expenses. Set aside money every week leading up to your trip to help cover this cost. With a group of friends, gas expenses shouldn't put a huge dent in anyone's wallet.

Road trips are fun, but before you head out, there are some things you have to take care of to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.