There is a lot of travel going on this summer. Driving to take the kids to the nearest water park. Taking that last road trip before your college semester starts. Heading through multiple states to visit your long lost cousin. And, attending your best friend’s wedding so she has an amazing bridal shower hosted by you. Whatever reason you are traveling this summer, we all need to be informed about the possible problems that come with it.
I relied on my Dad growing up, and he did teach me a lot about traveling alone, especially being a woman. You don’t have to be a top notch mechanic to take care of your vehicle and be safe on your trips. Here are five car hacks that every woman should know when she travels.
Here are five hacks every woman should know.
- Improve fuel mileage
Gas prices are lower than they have been in the past, but it is still quite a large expense when driving around the country. Saving on gas and improving gas mileage is a great way to save items to reduce the weight of the car and increase the gas mileage. When you are behind someone, give them extra space so that when they stop, you can coast to a stop versus slamming on the brakes. When you are at a long traffic light, go ahead and turn the engine off.
- Don’t get conned
Car problems and auto breakdowns can be prevented, but even with all the prevention in the world, cars will break down. If you aren’t too savvy with automobiles don’t let yourself be a target to mechanics looking to charge you out the wazoo. When you are talking to the potential mechanic, ask him the condition of a couple parts of the car that you know are in good shape. If they are honest and say there are no problems, then you can be pretty certain they are to be trusted. If they do, however, make up phantom problems with the parts you know are just fine, that’s the red flag you need to recognize.
- Don’t worry if you get lost
Traveling in a new city and a new state can be exciting, but sometimes it is super easy to get lost. If you find yourself in unfamiliar territory and can’t seem to get yourself where you need to be, don’t worry. Just look out for a local fast food delivery restaurant and ask them for directions. Their drivers know the area like the back of their hand and usually will help out in a second. Personally, I give them a few bucks for their troubles, just so they know they are appreciated.
- Emergency kit
No one likes to think about the worst case scenarios that could happen while traveling. But, it is very important to be prepared for everything. Keep an emergency kit in your trunk any time you travel. Summer time, winter months, and even spring seasons can all pose possible threats. So, keep the kit stocked with water, a flashlight, first aid kit, blanket, radio, and road flares to name some items. Keep it together in a plastic container. Also, keep oil and fluids that you need and even keep them organized using a shower caddy.
- Proper tires
When you are traveling, everything is dependent on and riding on four things; your tires! Those four rubber wheels are important to keep in good shape. Keep a tire gauge in your side door compartment. When you stop for gas or snacks, take advantage of the free air and keep your tires psi at the proper level. This reduces unnecessary wear, the probability of a flat or blowout, and helps to increase the gas mileage.
Taking care of the tires is just as important as checking the oil and brake lines. Cooper’s Tires is hosting the Summer Drive Event and offering tons of savings for your traveling needs. A good set of tires is vital and from June 1st to July 15th, when you buy a set of 4 tires you could also get a prepaid Visa card worth $70 to help with gas, snacks, or whatever you want.
Cooper’s Tires offer a Tread Wear Warranty for 65,000 miles. And, with their 45-Day Road Test guarantee, if there are any problems, you will get a free Cooper brand replacement. Also, are you sporting an SUV or CUV to haul the family around? The Discoverer SRX tires are perfect for you, they are specifically designed for SUV and CUV models.
The Wear Square is located at six points of reference around the inside and outside of the tread. Throughout the tire’s lifetime, the square changes shape beginning with a full square and ending with an exclamation mark when tire tread is low, allowing consumers to quickly and easily assess the approximate tread remaining on the tires.
If you are heading off-road, the Discoverer SST tires are great for that without sacrificing highway travel either. The Discoverer A/T3 is perfect for both terrain and uses new technology to improve performance and tread wear. While we travel this summer, we can make tons of memories and have an amazing time doing it. We can explore new places, visit favorite destinations, and meet up with old friends and family members.
It’s best that we be informed and prepared during our travels to avoid any problems. If we prevent anything from happening then we can be sure to have a great time. No one wants to spend a couple days waiting for their car to be fixed or running out of gas in he middle of the desert in 100+ degree heat. So, let’s be prepared, buckle up, and head on a new journey this summer riding on Cooper’s Tires.