Half Way through Summer
Summer is at its halfway point. Grocery stores are starting to stock the selves with back to school supplies and we are on the verge of “back to school” sales commercials flooding ad space on televisions and social media. But July is also the most popular month for summer travel, according to a survey done by Ask Your Target Market.
The results from the survey suggest that 51% of people planning to go on vacation will travel outside their home state, and 39% plan on traveling within their home state. The remaining planning on traveling abroad.
Gas prices have been low, the lowest in 11 years, and AAA estimated that Americans saved more than $15 billion on gas compared to 2015. In May of this year, AAA predicted over 38 million holiday travelers for Memorial Day weekend alone! That record was shattered this month when nearly 43 million Americans were predicted to travel for Independence Day weekend. The national average gas price is currently $2.30, which is 47 cents less than 2015. These low gas prices could be the cause for an increase in traveling this summer.
Summer Road Trip Ready
Summer isn’t over yet so in order to keep the good times rolling here are some tips, from the Travel Channel, to help make your next road trip adventure as worry free as possible:
Cell Phones: Before leaving on your trip, ask your service provider about roaming fees and countrywide coverage. Also, a cell phone charger can often be one of the most common things left behind when packing so one option could be to place the charger in your vehicle before packing the rest of the luggage.
Under the Hood: Pre-trip auto maintenance is one of the best ways to insure a worry-free trip. Check the wiper blades, all fluid levels (oil, water, etc.), belt and hose connections, tire pressure, turn signals, horn and headlights. Don’t risk using a vehicle that isn’t safe for long distance traveling.
Useful Junk in the Trunk: The following are things that are recommended for long distance traveling and for safe in general: a tire iron, bottled water, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit and reflectors/flares.
Spare Care: A lot of modern cars do not come equipped with a spare tire or even an emergency doughnut. Check to see if your vehicle is fitted with a spare tire, if not we recommend you buy one or a doughnut at the very least. If you do have a spare tire have it inspected by a professional to make sure it’s safe to use in an emergency. Swapping out doughnut tires for a full-size spare is also recommended.
When it comes to road trips the adventure is in the journey.
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