Road Trip Survival Guide

As the weather begins to warm up outside, you’re likely thinking of hitting the open roads this summer with your kids to enjoy family vacation. Before you go on vacation this spring or summer, keep the following tips in mind.

Safety is Paramount

Before you head out on vacation, it’s important to ensure your child’s safety seats are properly installed in the case of an unfortunate accident.  Studies show that over 70% of car seats are installed incorrectly, so do yourself a favor and check your child’s safety seats before leaving for a long trip. 

It’s also important to pack properly in case of an emergency.  Always bring plenty of water, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit in case you are stranded at some point during your journey.

Have Your Car Checked Out Prior to Leaving

Taking your car to an El Paso car dealership to ensure it’s in proper working order can save you significant time and headaches while traveling.  It doesn’t get much worse than being stranded in an unfamiliar area because of car trouble.  Have your local mechanic give your car a once over prior to leaving on your next trip.

Travel Around Your Kid’s Sleep Schedule

If at all possible try to schedule your departure times around when your kids normally nap. This can allow your kids to still get some sleep even while you are driving. 

Stop Regularly

While you may want to go as far as possible before stopping, your family will thank you if you stop at regular intervals throughout the trip.  Kids often need to stop more frequently and it’s often better for everyone to have a few minutes to get out of the car to stretch every few hours. 

Pack Snacks to Avoid Expensive Junk Food

One way to save money while traveling is to pack a variety of healthy snacks for you and your kids.  This way when hunger strikes you’ll be ready with plenty of snacks and won’t have to stop at convenience stores or fast food restaurants that are often expensive and terribly unhealthy.

Charge all Electronics

If you have school-aged children, letting them use electronics like tablets and DVD players can make for a much more enjoyable ride for everyone.  The problem with these devices is that they require batteries.  Before leaving, make sure to charge all of your devices to avoid disaster on the open road.


While traveling with family can be stressful, it’s important to take some time to relax and enjoy the time spent with your loved ones.  Remember that your kids will never be this age again so it’s important to try to create as many positive memories with them as possible.


Company Bio

Founded in 1985, Jack Key Motor Group proudly services residents in both New Mexico and Texas.  Jack Key has focused on serving the customer at all costs, which has been the foundation of the company’s success. Jack Key offers a variety of brands including Kia, Nissan, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Honda, Ford, and Lincoln.  Be sure to stop by one of the dealerships in the Jack Key family when you are looking for your next vehicle.