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.
Home to several colleges and universities, museums, and bodies of water, Stillwater is the perfect place to live or to visit. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Stillwater.
Even if you’re not a museum person, you might want to visit this important Stillwater landmark: the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. There are some more conventional options too, like the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. And for football fans, you can learn about 130 years of OSU football history at the Heritage Hall Museum.
Parks and lakes
Spend a day at Boomer Lake Park in the heart of Stillwater, or drive a few minutes West to the much larger Lake McMurtry or Carl Blackwell Lake. All three are perfect for spending a day with the kids, taking the boat out, camping, and more.
Gardens and zoos
The Botanic Garden at OSU is a fantastic spot to see beautiful local flowers and other plants and even take classes. Kids will love the Lost Creek Safari, an animal park home to kangaroos, lemurs, camels, llamas, all kinds of reptiles, and much more.
If you’re looking for a kid-free activity, hang out with the college kids for the night at one of the bars. The College Bar and The Cigar Box are great hangouts, or if you want to try a wide range of local beers, hit up the Iron Monk Brewing Company.
One of the many reasons families choose large SUVs is for the expansive cargo space. However, some SUVs don’t offer as much space as others. One of the most spacious SUVs for the 2021 model year is the Buick Enclave. It is so spacious, U.S. News included it in its list of the 13 SUVs With the Most Cargo Space in 2021.
Many three-row SUVs have limited cargo space, especially with the seats in place. This isn’t the case with the Enclave. Not only do passengers have plenty of room in all three rows, but there is also ample cargo space behind the third row. With the seats in place, the Enclave offers 23.6 cubic feet for cargo. That’s enough for everyone to pack an overnight bag or for your next large shopping spree.
To gain more cargo space, you can lower both the second and third rows. The Enclave comes with 58 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and an impressive 97.6 cubic feet behind the first row. That space will help you out on moving day or come in handy for the materials on your next DIY project.
Thanks to its 60/40-split folding third row and foldable second-row seats, the Enclave boasts an impressive, versatile interior that you can adjust to fit your needs. Explore the Buick Enclave in person at Wilson Buick GMC in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
If you’re tall or have some tall family members, it can be challenging to find a ride that has the spacious cabin necessary to keep the whole crew comfortable on daily drives and weekend getaways. Kelley Blue Book’s Russ Heaps recently shared the publication’s roundup of best vehicles for tall people — and a few GM models made the list.
2021 GMC Sierra Crew
The 2021 GMC Sierra Crew Cab configuration ranked highly
with KBB editors. This hardworking truck delivers 43.03 inches of headroom and
44.53 inches of legroom for front passengers — and has approximately 8 inches
more legroom for backseat passengers than the Double Cab configuration. Plus,
with capable towing and payload ratings, the Sierra is especially suited for
rural families that work hard and play harder.
2021 GMC Canyon Crew
Need a truck that’s a bit more affordable and efficient and has
a slightly smaller build? Go with the 2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab. It has
noteworthy headroom and legroom dimensions for front riders — 41.4 and 45
inches, respectively — while giving you modest towing and payload ratings to open
up more options when transporting your family and their gear.
2021 Buick Enclave
In search of a new SUV with a roomy cabin to accommodate?
KBB editors recommend the 2021 Buick Enclave. With 41 inches of front headroom
and 41.2 inches of front legroom, it’s plenty comfortable. Second- and
third-row seats deliver 38.9 inches and 33.5 inches of legroom, respectively,
so your long-legged older kids won’t feel cramped on family road trips either.
Experience the generous interior dimensions of the GMC Sierra, GMC Canyon, and Buick Enclave when you stop by Wilson Buick GMC in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to test-drive these models. We’ll help you find the right model that will keep you and your co-travelers comfortable and relaxed on all of your drives.
If you need a new car for your family but want to save some cash, trading in your current vehicle is a great option. Here are just some reasons why you should trade in your car at Wilson Buick GMC in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
When you trade in your vehicle here at Wilson Buick GMC, you’ll save yourself the time and hassle involved with selling your car to a private owner on your own. You won’t have to worry about advertising your vehicle to prospective buyers, negotiating the sale price, or waiting weeks to close the sale.
Not only is the process easy and quick, but it will put the
value of your trade-in toward the cost of your new vehicle. This means you can
enjoy the new Buick or GMC model that you’ve been daydreaming about while
saving some cash. You can even potentially save on sales tax. If you live in
Oklahoma, for example, you won’t have to pay sales tax on your trade-in car’s
Contact us at Wilson Buick GMC in Stillwater to learn more about trading in your vehicle. And, schedule a test drive in one of our shiny new Buick and GMC models. We’ll be happy to help you find the right new ride to suit your budget and lifestyle.