Schedule a Full Service Check-up
Avoid the disappointment of spending your vacation at a roadside repair shop by taking the necessary precautions beforehand. A vehicle tune-up and fluid top-up two weeks prior should leave enough time if there are any necessary repairs.
Chances are during the winter months, you or your mechanic added more antifreeze to your radiator's coolant mix to prevent it from freezing. In excessive amounts, antifreeze can actually reduce cooling efficiency, resulting in higher engine temperatures. Have your mechanic check the concentration and adjust or change the coolant if required.
Choose The Right Fuel
Protect your engine by filling your tank with a high-quality gasoline. “Gasoline primarily contains carbon and hydrogen molecules, and combustion can create a residue, called “gunk”, which is a build-up of carbon particles on critical engine parts,” explains Ken Mitchell, an engineer from Shell Canada. “All three grades of Shell gasoline contain a Nitrogen Enriched Cleaning System which helps clean-up the performance-robbing gunk left by lower quality gasolines.”
Pack A Travel Kit
Make sure your bases are covered by packing the following essentials:
• A rechargeable flashlight
• A first aid kit including a blanket
• Non-perishable food and water
• Flares and a jumper cable
• Extra fluids like transmission oil, washer and brake fluid
• A pen, paper and disposable camera in case of an accident
• The contact numbers for your insurance agency and your roadside service provider
Wherever your epic summer drive takes you – the Cabot Trail, the TransCanada through the Rockies or through waving wheat fields of the prairies – these tools can help make sure that summer of 2011 delivers a road trip with the right kind of memories.
Road trips are a great way to vacation with your family. You will make some unforgettable memories when you take a driving vacation with your family. Be sure to keep a trip journal and take lots of pictures so you can all relive this fun trip idea over again.