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This is my first summer as a single mom. I know that I have a ton of responsibilities going on, but it is important for me to maintain as much normalcy for my boys as possible. This is why we decided to take a vacation to the beach this year.
However, taking a big road trip isn’t without a lot of preparation. Not only do I have to prepare as far as packing, but I also have to prepare my house and my vehicle.
I have come up with a list of six things that you need to do to prepare for a big road trip.
Secure Your House. Keep a light on in the house. This gives the impression that someone is home. To save energy, you can put your lights on a timer. Additionally, make sure all doors and windows are locked and no ladders or other items that can be used to enter the house are unsecured.
Take Care of the Utilities. The last things you want is for there to be a water leak or a burst pipe while you are gone. To stay on the side of caution, shut off the main water to your house. Additionally, if you are going away during the winter months, be sure to keep the house warm enough so that the pipes don’t freeze. (Pro Tip: the main water shut-off valve is usually located right next to the water meter in your basement or garage.)
Have the Mail Held. You don’t want your mail piling up in the mailbox while you are away. Not only is this an indicator that you aren’t home, but you don’t want to leave any bills or financial information unattended. You can simply contact the post office and request your mail not be delivered until you come home.
Pay Your Bills. This may sound basic, but it is easier to make sure that all of your bills are paid before you leave. Even if the bills aren’t due for a while you can either pay ahead or set the date for in the future.
Do Car Maintenance. Before you head out on any road trip, you want to make sure your car is in good shape. This means checking your tire pressure, making sure your emergency kit is stocked, and all of your car’s fluids are checked.
Have Your Oil Changed. Speaking of making sure your car’s fluids are checked, it is important to have your oil changed before a big road trip. This is essential not only to keep your car running well, but you sure don’t want any breakdowns on the trip.
A super-easy way to get your oil changed ahead of time is to get your oil changed with Pennzoil® at Walmart Automotive Care Center. This not only saves time, but it also saves money. It saves time because you can shop for your road trip essentials while your oil is being changed. It saves money because a Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® oil change is currently on Rollback to $35.88 through September 28.
Getting your oil changed with Pennzoil helps clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind. The High Mileage Vehicle motor oil is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles with the intention to keep engines clean and running strong.
What is even better is that you don’t need an appointment. All you have to do is walk in!
Planning a big road trip is a big responsibility. However, with a little bit of preplanning, you can make your road trip a success!
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Tuesday 9th of August 2016
Check tire pressure in the spare tire.
David @ Spiced
Friday 5th of August 2016
Great tips! It's just as important to take car of your house as you leave as it is to take care of your car. Thanks for the reminder, and thanks for sharing the rollback pricing on Pennzoil right now, too! #client