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How to Plan Ahead for a Successful Labor Day Road Trip

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With drivers enjoying the lowest gas prices in a dozen years, nearly 56 percent of Americans will be taking family road trips this summer, according to the AAA in Orlando, Fla.

“Two-thirds of Americans say spending quality time as a family is the most important part of taking a family vacation,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president of Travel and Publishing in a statement. “Travel offers busy families an excellent opportunity to share experiences and connect with each other in meaningful ways.”

Whether you’re hitting the road over the Labor Day weekend or taking a late-summer excursion, travel experts agree pre-trip planning is essential.

1. Stay on course

Before you even start packing you should plan out a course to your destination. Be sure to bring along a GPS unit or a smartphone with a navigation app as well as a backup printed map. Create realistic estimates for each segment of your trip to avoid driving too far a distance in too short a time. Expect to take bathroom breaks every two hours to stretch the legs and let the kids or pets run off some steam. And always allow extra time for unexpected traffic or other delays from roadwork or poor weather conditions.

2. Be a smart packer

To ensure everyone stays safe and happy throughout your trip, here are a few essentials:

- Books, games, music and a portable electronic device to keep both kids and adults entertained

- One or more pillows so passengers can sleep

- Enough drinks and snacks to cover both travel time and for any delays that might incur

- Garbage bags, paper towels, baby wipes, etc. to clean up messes

- An emergency kit in the trunk that consists of a flashlight, warning devices such as flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and extra water.

3. Put safety first

Insist all adult passengers wear their seat belts at all times and children are secured in properly installed safety seats or booster chairs that are both age and weight appropriate.

4. Don’t forget about furry friends

If you’ll be traveling with a pet in tow, properly restrain Fido or Fluffy in a carrier or kennel with a harness. Check to make sure it is the correct size for their weight and secure it in the rear of the vehicle. Bring along a comfortable mat or bed and a favorite toy to make the trip less stressful for them. And ensure your pet is wearing an ID tag with your name, address, and phone number in case he or she gets loose at some point and wanders off.

5. Roll out in a car you can trust

Finally, have the family car checked out ahead of time to ensure that it’s mechanically up to the task. If there’s any doubt, stop into Al Serra Chevrolet North or South or Al Serra VW, Colorado Springs, and consider a comfortable and capable new model.

For example, the five-passenger Chevrolet Equinox crossover SUV offers a full suite of connectivity features that include standard in-vehicle Wi-Fi. It also comes with a nifty second row of seats can slide forward or back to maximize either rear legroom or cargo space. The Equinox’s standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is EPA-rated at a frugal 32 mpg on the highway, with a 301-horsepower V6 alternately available that affords a maximum 3,500-pound towing capacity.

View inventory, get a free estimated trade-in value for your vehicle and find out exactly how much you can save with Al Serra’s price on a new Chevrolet Equinox.

This article was produced for and sponsored by Al Serra Chevrolet and Al Serra VW, Colorado Springs.

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