There are few things that say 'family vacation' than a road trip in the summer. No chores, no work, and the promise of new adventures. So, it pays to be safe.
Everyone loves a fun road trip and there's much to be anticipated with new sights, new things to experience, and new memories to make. Which is why being prepared to be safe is the smart way to go.
For some, the family vacation consists of little more than a few days camping or maybe a trip to Disneyland. Others make it a grand adventure with months of planning, complex itineraries, and weeks on the road.
However, there is much to be said for the time-honored American tradition of loading the kids (and dog) into the family car, packing up for a few days or a week, and heading off on a good, old fashioned road trip.
When mom and dad were kids, those trips were often care-free and liberating. As adults, they can be a bit more sobering when it comes to planning and preparation. Life on the road - even for a short spell - can be fraught with potential mishaps.
Which is why it is smart to plan ahead and, as the Boy Scouts say, "Be prepared."
There is something intrinsically American about a road trip.
Sure, families in other countries take to the road for family vacations, or holidays in some places, especially Canada, for example. But the social history of the United States is so bound up in generations of driving across vast distances to see the country and stop at gift shops and curio stands that it is practically a national pastime.
Which is why being safe is an essential step to enjoying the process of making memories and having fun doing so.
So, to this end, we have put together a handy guide of simple road trip safety tips to use as a guide when you begin to prepare for your summer family vacation.
There was a hugely popular family film from 1979, The Muppet Movie, that featured an upbeat and memorable song of being on the road:
Movin' right along.
Footloose and fancy-free.
Getting there is half the fun...
While we certainly agree that a family vacation road trip should mean that "getting there is half the fun" we also know that the "footloose and fancy free" aspect doesn't extend to thoughtful and thorough preparation before hand.
No one wants their family vacation marred with six or seven hours spent stranded on the edge of the Bonneville Salt Flats waiting for a tow truck. Or two boring nights stuck in a bad hotel in the heart of nowhere memorable because of a broken down car.
Especially if these incidents could have been avoided or anticipated and planned for.
So, from all of us at Junk King, we wish you and yours a wonderful summer of road trips and family vacations and want you to have fun, be safe, and come back with more memories!
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