Get Your Car Ready for Family Road Trips

Summertime is traditionally a time for the great American road trip. In fact, record-breaking nearly 47 million Americans traveled during the July 4th weekend.

There are still several weeks of summer left, and many of you will hit the road, whether for a Labor Day weekend getaway or a longer retreat. You won’t forget to pack your sunscreen, toothbrush, snacks or other road trip essentials, so don’t forget to make sure your car is as ready to travel as you are.

Here are a few tips to get your car ready for your next road trip, many of which can be knocked out by visiting your local mechanic or service center:

Pack Emergency Essentials: Pack an emergency roadside essentials kit which, at the very least, would include jumper cables, coolant, and a flashlight and extra batteries. Check your spare tire and make sure the lug wrench and jack are in good condition.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Roadside Assistance Options: Do you have Triple A? Make sure your membership is up to date. Also, check with your car insurance provider to see if roadside assistance is included. Many auto insurance companies, like Geico, offer policyholders roadside assistance as part of their coverage. Make sure you have these contact numbers and information readily available so you’re not scrambling should you have a breakdown or a flat tire.

Check Your Car Battery: Your road trip can quickly come to a halt if your battery dies. Check your battery life and ensure that it has a good charge. If your battery is corroded, use baking soda and water to clean around the posts.

Change the Oil and Check Fluids. Your oil should generally be changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles anyway, but it’s a great idea to have it checked out before a major road trip.

Check Lights: Are your brake lights in good working order? What about your headlights? Check your turn signals and flashers. Test them out before hitting the highway.

Air Conditioner Check Up: Summer road trips are no fun if your AC goes out. While your car is in the shop, be sure to have the AC checked out, especially for coolant levels. Replace coolant with refrigerant.

Change The Air Filter If Needed: A dirty air filter can affect your vehicle’s performance by allowing less air to get into the engine when needed.

Check Tires: Check your vehicle owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommended tire pressure for all your tires, including your spare. Remember that tire pressure should be checked when the tires are “cold” which means when your car hasn’t been driven for three hours. You’ll also want to check the tread.

Spare Tire: Speaking of tires, you should also have a spare tire. Check to be sure it’s fully inflated before heading out of town!

Check Brakes: Have your local service center check your rotors and brake pads. A worn brake system can be dangerous. If warranted, you’ll want to have new brakes installed if you’re about to go on a major road trip.

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3 Last Minute Spring Break Day Trip Ideas from Nashville

3 Last Minute Spring Break Day Trip Ideas from Nashville

Spring break season is here! Nashville may be one of the nation’s hottest cities, but there are several great destinations a short drive away from both Davidson and Williamson Counties.

If you want to spend more time enjoying the weather this spring, and not cleaning your house, remember you can rely on us to safely and effectively clean your carpet, rugs and upholstered furniture. CitruSolution’s trademark fast-drying formula dries in about two hours, smells great and is safe for your kids and pets!

Saving time on spring cleaning means more time for travel. Today on our blog we’re sharing three last minute spring break day trip ideas from Nashville.

Huntsville, Alabama

If you’ve ever headed to Destin, Florida, from the Middle Tennessee area you’ve undoubtedly seen one of the largest landmarks ever – the space rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Like Music City, the Rocket City is a great destination.

Here are a few suggested places to visit (of course the Space & Rocket Center is a must do!)

Big Spring International Park

Huntsville has several parks, but this park located downtown is a great place to walk, run, feed ducks and fish in the spring-fed pond.

Huntsville Museum of Art

Located adjacent to Big Spring International Park, the Stender Interactive Gallery is a welcome place for little art lovers to explore.

Huntsville Botanical Garden

This garden features something for kids of all ages, including an interactive Butterfly House and a Garden Railway.

Hungry? Huntsville has a great food scene. Two family friendly longtime favorites include Bandito Burrito and Big Spring Cafe, the city’s oldest restaurant which opened in 1922.

Chattanooga

The River City is not only one of the nation’s top tech startup cities, but a great place to explore with your family and very pedestrian friendly. Outside magazine named Chattanooga the 2015 Best Town Ever and we can see why.

Here are some must dos while in Chattanooga:

Tennessee Aquarium

Located in the vibrant River District, the Tennessee Aquarium also features an IMAX Theatre and consists of two separate buildings featuring an extensive freshwater and saltwater exhibit.

Coolidge Park/Northshore

Head to Coolidge Park on the Tennessee River and ride on the classic 1894 carousel and see the fountains. Walk over to the Northshore area across the Walnut Street Bridge and have a sweet treat at Clumpie’s Ice Cream or breakfast at Aretha Frankenstein’s.

Rock City

The painted barns advertising Rock City lining Southern roadways are iconic symbols of a quieter time. Rock City is a great place to spend several hours outdoors. There are meandering pathways cut through the rock, a swinging bridge, the dramatic Lover’s Leap and a scenic overlook that allows you to see seven states from a 1,700 feet above sea level vantage point.


Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park. Photo credit: MargaretRiver.com

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Here are some must dos while visiting Bowling Green, Kentucky’s third largest city. And if you have teenagers, a campus tour of Western Kentucky University very worthwhile!

Historic Railpark Train Museum and L&N Depot

Most kids are fascinated with trains and Bowling Green is home to this historic national landmark which allows you to see, touch, hear and explore important railroads artifacts.

Mammoth Cave

DId you know that just outside of Bowling Green is the world’s longest known cave system? Mammoth Cave National Park is just 30 minutes from Bowling Green and can easily be added to any Bowling Green itinerary. You can tour the cave, hike, go canoeing on the Green River, enjoy picnicking, horseback riding, bicycling, camping and more.

Chaney’s Dairy Barn

This working dairy farm is home to Kentucky’s best ice cream in the entire state, according to USA Today. There is also a wonderful playground with monster slides, a tower structure, a Ten Spin and a huge jumping pillow. Chaney’s offers self-guided farm tours for just $4 which offer a view of one of the state’s only robotic milkers.

Hungry? Bowling Green is a college town, so there are many restaurants to choose from. Double Dogs on main thoroughfare Scottsville Road is great, although there is a location in HIllsboro Village in Nashville. Montana Grille is also centrally located on Scottsville Road and Mariah’s in the quaint downtown area has been a Bowling Green staple for nearly 40 years.

Which day trip idea sounds like a fit for your family?

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