Summer is in full swing and the automotive experts here at DRIVEN 360 are no strangers to having a damn good time. From off-roading to boating to cross-country road trips, someone on the team is always taking off on a new adventure and sporting the latest and greatest product while at it. If you’re like us or one of the millions of Americans looking to hit the open road this summer, then you’ll definitely want to take a look at this list our team compiled of some of our favorite road trip tips before you head out on your next adventure.
1. Get your tires road trip ready
First rule of a road trip: don’t get caught in the middle of nowhere with bad tires! You can either take your vehicle to the pros and have them give your tires (and car) a full once-over or grab yourself some new tires to fit your vehicle, your needs and, most importantly, your budget. Nexen Tire’s all new Tire Finder makes it easy for even the most uninformed tire buyer to find the perfect set of tires to fit the make, model and use of their vehicle. Remember: a blown tire in the middle of the desert will never ever make for a good time.
2. Maximize your adventure: rent an RV!
Don’t let small quarters put a damper on your fun… go all out and get yourself an RV for the full road trip experience! Sites like Go RV’ing are the perfect one-stop shop to answer all your RV-related questions, like which RV is the best fit for you. Or if you want to go big but not that big, new companies like Escape Campervans offer all-encompassing packages, allowing you to choose the size of your vehicle based on your needs while also providing you with all the necessary tools for your campervan adventure!
3. Stay connected wherever you are
With remote work and virtual school quickly becoming the new norm, it’s now easier than ever to take your responsibilities on the road! But don’t be the victim of spotty WiFi and a barely-there connection by grabbing yourself an Inseego MiFi! This mobile hotspot is the perfect solution to keep you and your family (up to 15 users!) connected wherever you go without sacrificing network security and fast speeds. Pro tip: downloading movies and games are a breeze with the MiFi hotspot so keeping your kids entertained when you need five minutes of quiet time is never out of the question.
4. Keep your goods nice and cool
What is worse than forgetting your favorite snacks and drinks on a long trip? Bringing them and not having the proper cooler to keep them at the proper temperatures. Warm beer? Not a chance with the Expedition Cooler by Truck Gear by LINE-X. Not only can you get the Expedition cooler in sizes ranging from 20 to 110 quarts, it also comes in at a lower price tag than other coolers of its quality. And if you need a little extra encouragement to take the plunge, take a peek at this side-by-side comparison to another popular cooler brand.
5. Extend the adventure
While family vacations can be hectic and close quarters can drive you nuts, the memories and adventures had while out on the road are incomparable. What better way to keep the fun going then by joining the fast-growing “road school” community? Road schooling is becoming increasingly popular as families pack up their belongings and take their homeschooling on the road to lengthen their adventures and give their families an opportunity to learn in a very hands-on way. Our friends over at Hip Homeschool Moms offer simple, easy-to-follow directions on how you can keep your kids learning without stalling the fun.
6. Treat yo’self!
It’s inevitable… at some point before, during or after your trip you’ll picture yourself driving down an open highway with nothing but good times in sight. The only thing that may be missing? The right vehicle to head into those adventures with. Check out Our Auto Expert for in-depth vehicle reviews to find yourself the perfect chariot for your next adventure. The guys running the show over there cover everything you need to know about the latest and greatest vehicles on the market before you start your car-buying journey.
Whether your next trip is filled with rock crawling, visiting national parks, or just chasing the sunsets state after state, these tips from our team will get you in good shape to enjoy America the Beautiful.