Before Your Next Road Trip - Service Research at Hanson Subaru

At Hanson Subaru, we know a few things about road trips. After all, there really isn't a better vehicle for road trips than a Subaru. We want to help you make the most from every drive whether you enjoy a capable Subaru or any other vehicle. That's why we offer a variety of automotive information articles like this one. Below, check out five tips we think will make your next road trip that much more enjoyable. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Hanson Subaru. We've been family owned and operated for over 35 years, and we'd love the chance to show a better dealership experience just west of Lacey, WA.

Paper maps may seem outdated, but it's still a good idea to have one in case something happens to your smartphone

5. Check Into A Road Trip Planner

In this digital age, there are a lot of resources available to help you plan a road trip. In some road trip planners, you can simply put in your proposed route, and it will offer a variety of attractions, stops, and other things along the way to make the road trip that much more memorable. Just remember to leave plenty of time for stops and rest while you're on the road. Fatigued driving is a real danger, and it can sneak up on you.

4. Know What Weather To Expect

If you drive a Subaru with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, there isn't much mother nature has that can get in the way of your road trip, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared. There are online resources that can tell you what weather to expect during a road trip, or you could simply check the five-day forecast for the major cities and even small towns along your route. If severe weather is a possibility, be ready to spend an extra night or more on the road. After all, if the authorities close the road, even a Subaru SUV could find itself waiting around for things to clear up.

Weather can change quickly on remote roads like this one

3. Start A Checklist Early

In our experience, it's best to start making a checklist as soon as you decide to go for a road trip. You might be at work the week before you leave and remember that you need to grab that birthday card for your niece that will be three weeks late when you hand it to her. Or, perhaps you want to be sure and remember your hiking shoes for that nice trail you heard about. These and many more are things that can easily be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of packing for a road trip. And, no one wants to spend twice what a phone charger is worth because the only place that has it is a small town convenience store. Also, don't forget an emergency kit!

2. Make Sure Someone Knows Where You'll Be

This is another easy thing to overlook, but we think it's one of the most important parts of heading out on a road trip. You see, if the only people who know where you'll be are in the car, it could be a problem if something unexpected happens. If you're going to see friends or family, let them know when to expect your arrival and what roads you'll be taking. It's also a good idea to let a trusted friend or neighbor know when you'll be gone. That way, they can gather the mail and newspapers while also keeping an eye on your place while you're away.

An emergency kit like this one can make a big difference if you ever need it

1. Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Ready For The Road

Even when you're diligent about keeping up with all the recommended maintenance on your vehicle, it's still a good idea to have a factory-authorized service center look over your vehicle before putting it on the road for a long journey. If the next scheduled oil change is set to fall during your trip, you may consider simply having it done before you leave and have one less thing to worry about while your away. Once you have a clean inspection for your vehicle from a dealership service center like ours at Hanson Subaru, you'll be able to enjoy the drive without worrying about your ride.

Bonus Tip: Stock Up On Snacks Before You Leave

You might be surprised how quickly snacks and beverages from gas station convenience stores will add up. Consider making room for an ice chest and stock up on snacks, beverages, and even meals from your favorite grocery store. This way, you'll have everything you need whenever you want it on the road all while saving a significant amount of money.

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