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Vehicle Packing Tips For Your Summer Road Trip

By Bill DeBoer on May 18, 2021 11:45:00 AM

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This is a unique summer coming up since we are nearing the end of the pandemic and people have different views on vacations. Not everyone is comfortable flying to different destinations, which means vehicle travel is expected to be more popular this year. Whether you take regular summer road trips or if you’re getting ready to embark on your first long one, here are some valuable tips to help you have a successful trip.

Confirm Your Tire Pressure Before Your Trip

Before you start packing your vehicle for your trip, it’s important to ensure the tire pressure in each tire is up to the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you just drive your vehicle to and from work or for recreational purposes, you might not have too many heavy loads daily. But when you have your family and a lot of other items, you need to make sure your tire pressure is sufficient to handle the extra weight.

Prioritize Packing From Front To Back

Learn how to properly pack your car before a summer road trip.When you’re thinking about what needs to be packed first, start with the driver, then the passenger, and work your way back through the vehicle. So the driver needs to have everything required to drive successfully. This could be a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, sunglasses, or anything else they need within arm’s reach. The passenger should be equipped with a GPS, maps, refreshments, or other things to help the driver. When you move to the back, you want to have everything organized if you have kids or pets since you never know what they’ll need or when they’ll need it. But when you prioritize organization, you can easily find what they need without having to pull the vehicle over and delay your trip.

Pack Heavier Items On Bottom In The Cargo Area

No matter how far you’re going on your summer road trip, it’s important to pack the heaviest items on the bottom and stack the lighter items on top of those. The last thing you want to happen is to pack everything neatly and then have to slam on the breaks and the heavy items come crashing down and damage anything underneath. And even worse, if you would get into an accident, the light items on top will be the ones flying forward and won’t injure anyone nearly as bad as heavy items would. DeBoer’s Auto is here to help you make your summer road trips as seamless and memorable as possible. For more tips like these, feel free to contact us at any time.


Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.