5 Tips to Prepare for Summer Road Trips

1. Ready to get messy! 

Every road trip involves food, drinks, snacks and potholes. Spills and crumbs are inevitable no matter how careful you try to be. Your trip shouldn't be about cleaning (well, not until the end). Protect all the carpeted areas of your vehicle with All Weather Floor Mats or Premium Floor Liners, and a Cargo Tray! These mats are all anti-slip, spill proof, and have vehicle-specific cutting for a snug fit. 

 Mazda Cargo Tray

 

2. Tight fit? Never sacrifice comfort.

"Pack light and only the necessities!" But somehow there is never enough cargo room. It's okay, we've all been there before. Make the most out of your vehicle with additional add-ons (roof racks, roof cargo boxes, trailer mounts, etc.) so you don't have to compromise. Look for durable Roof boxes with a secure mounting and locking system. Carefully load the heavier items towards the center, and place items that can be compressed (ie, clothes) to keep your items from shifting. Remember to check the load capacity for your cargo roof box!

 Thule Cargo Box

 

3. Take cover!

When you're on the road, there are many frequent pit stops and beautiful scenery to see. Add a rear cargo cover to cover and keep your valuables in the trunk out of sight. The rear cargo cover is retractable and removable. It is also a great way to ensure your items don't block your rear window. 

 Mazda Rear Cargo Cover Retractable

 

4. Quick inspection for a peace of mind.

 It doesn't hurt to take your car to your mechanic to get everything looked at - brakes, vehicle fluid levels, hoses, belts etc. before you go on your road trip. Getting a quick look gives you a peace of mind and can prevent unexpected incidents leading to stopping your road trip suddenly.

 

5. No pressure, no pressure.

Ensure your tires are properly inflated for the best ride comfort, handling, and to increase fuel efficiency. You can find your vehicle's recommended tire pressure in your owner's manual or on the driver's side door jamb. Make sure to check and inspect all your tires, including your spare tire. 

 

 

Lastly, remember to have fun and keep a list of emergency contacts with you! Enjoy the summer rides!