Going on a long road trip is a staple of any good summer. But after being in the car for hours at a time, the appeal of road trips can wear off — unless you adequately prepared by reading this list of tips. Here’s how to ensure your road trip is enjoyable from start to finish.
Bring a paper map.
If you plan to drive somewhere remote, you can’t necessarily rely on your phone for navigation. You can download maps for use offline, but where’s the fun in that? Paper maps are a good backup and add a lot of flavor to navigation that a phone simply can’t match.
Prep the playlist.
Having a good playlist is a critical aspect of any road trip. You simply can’t rely on the radio to give you tunes that fit the moment — besides, who wants to listen to ads just when things are getting good? Download a playlist before you head out. Just make sure everyone coming along gets to have a say in the song selection.
Have a loose plan.
It’s always good to plan your route and have a few interesting spots on your radar to check out. Still, any plan you make should be flexible enough for last-minute changes and spontaneous decision-making. The magic of road trips is making things happen on the go.
Get your car checked.
Nothing sours a road trip quite as much as your car breaking down on the way. Sure, you should pack a tool kit just in case — but wouldn’t it be better not to need it? Have your car or RV checked by a professional mechanic before hitting the road to ensure everything goes smooth as butter.
For all of your car repair and maintenance needs, visit the Wilson Cadillac service center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. We’ll make sure your ride is ready for your next road trip.
Sitting at almost $4.00 a gallon, Okies are feeling the burden of rising gas prices. Here are just a few ways that you can help your gas tank last those extra miles.
When your vehicle receives regular maintenance, it thanks you by maximizing fuel economy. Getting regular oil changes lubricates the metal parts of the engine that preserves its performance. Sustaining correct tire pressure affects the longevity of your tires and fuel economy by decreasing unnecessary drag.
Treat your vehicle like the well-oiled machine it is and schedule services at Wilson Buick GMC to prevent unwanted malfunctions and boost the lifespan of your gas tank.
Using cruise control can make road trips to Keystone State Park smooth and efficient. Keeping your vehicle moving at a constant rate improves fuel economy by approximately 6 to 12 miles per gallon. You’ll also find that cruising at the speed limit is not only a safer option, but gives your tank a longer range.
Leaving a few minutes early to beat the campus traffic can also reduce the acceleration and braking that can reduce gas mileage by 2 to 3 miles per gallon. Driving smoothly may extend your engine’s lifespan and durability.
One of the best ways to increase your fuel efficiency is to upgrade. At Wilson Buick GMC in Stillwater, Oklahoma, we offer a variety of cost effective hybrid, and electric powertrains with enhanced fuel economy. You’ll save on gas and CO2 emissions without compromising performance.
Going on a road trip is an amazing way to discover new places, relax on the open road, and bond with friends or family. But there are a few common traps that people fall into both before and during the trip. So before you head out, check out these top road trip mistakes you should avoid.
Forgetting to get a vehicle tune-up
It’s always a good idea to get a full tune-up before going on a road trip. Schedule one at Wilson Buick GMC in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a week or two before you depart so our factory-trained technicians can ensure your ride works properly while you’re on the road.
Too much planning
It’s tempting to plan every aspect of a trip to ensure you don’t miss out and make the most of the time away from home. But that can leave no room for spontaneous activities. Leave wiggle room in your plans for deviations that could turn into your trip’s most memorable moments.
Not taking enough breaks
Road trips can easily become stale and uncomfortable if you don’t take any breaks. A big part of the experience is stopping for roadside attractions and giving yourself the opportunity to stretch your legs. That said, driving a roomy Buick SUV can help boost comfort all throughout.
Wherever you’re heading, road trips are always better with a high-quality car. Visit Wilson Buick GMC in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to check out our awesome lineup of high-tech, spacious, and comfortable rides!
If you went all-out when you bought your GMC truck and upgraded it with a lift kit, odds are you’re no stranger to vehicle modifications. To bring your lifted model to the height of capability and fun, there are tons of accessories you can buy right here at Wilson Buick GMC in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Here are the add-ons we recommend most.
A Drop Hitch
If you plan to use your lifted GMC truck to pull a boat or camper, you’re going to need a drop hitch. This helpful accessory extends the hitch down to match the height of the trailer, so everything stays on the same level.
Getting in to or out of a massive truck like the GMC Sierra HD can be tricky under normal circumstances, and adding a lift kit only makes it more of a climb. Adding side steps or a running board gives you easy access to the cabin, which is particularly helpful for young passengers.
A Cylinder Assist Steering Kit
The gargantuan tires on lifted trucks can make turning feel less responsive, which is a problem for a vehicle that’s meant to be fun to drive. A cylinder-assist steering kit can mitigate this issue by optimizing your engine’s torque to compensate.
To learn more about helpful accessories for lifted trucks — and to have them installed by a certified expert — don’t hesitate to contact us at Wilson Buick GMC.
If you are currently working from home, moving your office from your house to your car may be a great idea if you are wanting a change of scenery. To be productive while working from your car, be sure to follow these three tips.
Use your car’s Bluetooth®
If you need to take a business call while in your car, connect to your car’s Bluetooth® in order to minimize background noise. Many Bluetooth® systems allow the person on the other end of the call to hear your voice clearly and hear little of road noises. Take advantage of this convenient feature to ensure a quality call, even when you’re not driving.
Your vehicle presents multiple options to have a comfortable working space. If you’re working in the driver’s seat, raise the steering wheel and push your seat back to have more room. You can also sit in the rear row, where the center console can function as a desk. If you work from a truck, you can use the truck bed as a standing desk.
Clean the area
It’s important to keep your workspace uncluttered to maximize productivity, whether that be a conventional office space or your car office. Regularly get rid of trash and sanitize the cabin to better stay focused and relaxed in a clean car.
Looking for a new car to work from and drive around Stillwater, Oklahoma? View our inventory at Wilson Buick GMC online.