Car Care Tips

Tips to keep your car on the road.

Maintenance May 17, 2016

Avoid the Kicking and Screaming for Your Next Road Trip

Now that the cost of flying for a family of four is about four times more expensive than driving, many families will opt for packing the minivan this year to reach their destination- and we are here to help your trip run smoothly!

We could provide all sorts of tips on proper car maintenance (after all, that is our expertise) but let’s face it, if the kiddos aren’t happy you’re no better off than if you were stuck roadside. Here are our top three favorites on how to help keep the backseat kicking and screaming under control. For a complete list, visit our Road Trip board on the Virginia Tire & Auto Pinterest page.

  1. Place a plastic shoebox between your children’s car seats and fill it with their toys. This eliminates the hassle of reaching behind the seat for dropped action figures and keeps the youngsters occupied as an endless selection of their toys are within their reach. Bonus: you might even be able to see the floor mats in your car for a change.
  2. Take an old diaper wipes case and fill it with crayons. Then, simply take a clipboard with a stack of computer paper and stick the pair in the seat pocket in front of your child. Presto! A simple project that provides entertainment for hours for your budding Picasso!
  3. We know food is often the best entertainment while driving. It’s even better if the food item doesn’t make a mess of your car. Try turning an empty peanut butter container into a holder for celery and dip. All you have to do is fill an empty peanut butter container with an inch or two of peanut butter (or ranch dressing) and then slice up some celery sticks and stick them on top. Voila! A simple snack without sticky fingers and mess all over the backseat!

Whether you are trekking across the country or just over the state line, being prepared for a road trip is always essential. Making sure your car is in tiptop shape will help to avoid any hassles and delays. Organizing activities and snacks for the road will keep both you and your kids happy. Check out the Virginia Tire & Auto Pinterest page for more tricks and tips to make your road trip the best it can be.

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