The kids are going back to school soon, and you’re trying to round up
the troops for one last family road trip. One of the most important
things when traveling with kids is having a steady supply of snacks on
hand, and knowing what restaurants are in the areas you’ll be traveling
through so you can make an educated decision about where to take
Snacks like string cheese, rice cakes, pretzels, bagels, sandwiches,
apple slices, bananas, granola bars, cookies, raisins, cereal, etc.
stand up against travel pretty well and are unlikely to spoil or get too
squished to eat if you keep them in a safe, readily available place.
Rest stops make perfect pit stops if you’ve packed picnic-style, and
give your kids’ restless legs a chance to stretch and run around. This
can save you a headache later when the little ones are all too hyper
because they’ve been sitting in the car for a long time!
Choosing family-friendly restaurants en route is a good idea as well –
we all know how much a packet of crayons and a coloring book place mat
means to grouchy kids.
Hey, you! Don’t be a bad driver! There are a few behaviors that are
especially harmful, and we want you to break these bad habits now. It
could save a life, or at the least, save someone from experiencing road
rage. Stop using your cell phone while you’re driving – you got it, no
texting or calling. If you absolutely have to make a phone call, at
least invest in Bluetooth devices or put it on speaker so you have both
hands on the wheel. Stop cutting people off. You know that driver who cuts across four
lanes of traffic because they almost missed their turn? Yeah, don’t be
that person. It puts others in danger and is bad for your car. Plan
ahead! And don’t always trust your GPS – those pesky last minute
recalculations will get you. It’s safer to simply turn around further up
the road. Don’t tailgate! There should be ample space between you and the
driver in front of you in the event that someone needs to make an
emergency stop. No one likes getting rear ended. Learn how to merge. Drivers who don’t know how to merge into another
lane smoothly cause some of the worst accidents and pile ups. Have some driving tips of your own? Share them in the comments.
When you buy
a car, you want it to perform at its best for as long as possible. Here are
some tips to extend the life of your vehicle:
1. Clean the Inside, Not Just the
It might seem
like enough to regularly wash the outside of your car, but it’s important to
keep your interior clean. Dirt, spilled liquids, and other litter can be
corrosive or abrasive. Vacuum and sponge your car’s interior every time you
wash your car, not just every once in a while.
2. Protect the Paint
paint looks nice, but it also protects the body of your car from rust. Park in
the shade whenever possible to avoid faded paint, or purchase a car cover. Make
sure to touch up any nicks as soon as possible to prevent rust from forming.
3. Rotate the Tires
tires will ensure that you get the maximum life out of them by evenly
distributing the tire wear. Your owner’s manual should specify how often you
should rotate your tires, but if not rotate every 6,000 to 7,500 miles.
4. Drive with Care
care means there will be longer intervals between repairs. Accelerate slowly,
don’t let it idle, don’t hold the steering wheel at extreme angles, and consolidate
your short driving trips.
to your destination, it’s important to keep your car organized. An organized
car is a safe car, plus it is much easier to find what you need when your car
is well organized. Here are some steps to get your car in order:
Step 1 – Get
Rid Of Clutter
extra that doesn’t belong in your car. Get rid of papers you no longer need,
and throw away any trash. Don’t store things in your car. If you don’t need it
right away and it isn’t for emergencies, put it back in the house.
Step 2 –
Organize the Interior
Make sure all
of your essential items are within easy reach, so that you don’t get distracted
from the road if you need them. Get a glove compartment organizer, and add a
trash can or bag so that garbage can be easily disposed of.
Step 3 –
Organize the Trunk
important to have essentials such as an emergency repair kit and first aid kit
in your trunk, you don’t want it to be constantly full. Make sure that you have
plenty of room to put items such as groceries, or luggage for when you go on
vacation. Purchase a trunk organizer to keep smaller items from shifting around
as you drive.
If you have
some car organization tips of your own, we’d love to hear them! Share your
ideas in the comments.
vacation this weekend! We have some great Minnesota vacation ideas for you:
This spot is
for nature lovers. As a small town on Lake Superior, Grand Marais offers plenty
of picturesque cabins to rent so that you can get away from the city for a
The Boundary Waters
Northeastern Minnesota, this beautiful recreation area is a true wilderness
experience. You will travel by canoe, portaging between lakes with no
electricity, phone lines, or roads. If this is a little too much nature for
you, there are several vacation resorts in nearby towns.
Twin Cities. From parks, to museums, to sports, Minneapolis and St. Paul have something
Instead of being
gone the entire weekend, take a daytrip to Valleyfair. This amusement park has
been a Minnesota staple for almost 40 years, but it is constantly being updated
with new rides and attractions.
great Minnesota vacation stories? Share them in the comments.