Your Official VW Road Trip Checklist from Your Local Volkswagen Dealer
And How to Find the Best New and Used Cars to Buy Before Your Next Vacation
Now that warmer weather is upon us, you may be planning out your first official road trip for the spring or summer.
Perhaps you want to pay a visit to the beaches of California, up to the Pacific Northwest for some scenic forest camping, or head down to Southern Utah to one of our many National Parks and monuments for some scenic desert hiking. Wherever your travels take you, a successful road trip begins with making sure you have all your ducks in a row to get through the journey. This means asking yourself what you and your family will need to be comfortable, along with some “just in case” items should anything go wrong.
Car troubles, squirmy kids, and unplanned stops are all on the table when you hit the open road for a long-distance journey. So, how do you prepare for all of it?
Fortunately, working at the Volkswagen dealership has provided us with all sorts of tips and tricks on how to tackle cross country trips with confidence. Refer to the following checklist the next time you’re planning to hit the road.
Although it probably goes without saying, we’re going to say it anyway: you need to have all your documentation in order before you hit the road. The last thing that you want to deal with is getting pulled over by an officer and not having your driver’s license on you. A simple mistake like that will lead to a costly fine and the headache of dealing with an out-of-state ticket.
Before you hit the road, make sure you have your:
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle registration
- Proof of insurance
Keep them together in your wallet, or stow insurance and registration documents in one of the many cubbies in your Volkswagen.
Key Things to Have in Case of Vehicle Issues
There are two words you never want to hear when discussing a road trip: car trouble. A rogue nail or a particularly nasty pothole can give you a flat and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Granted, the chances of you experiencing car trouble are pretty slim if you’ve been taking care of your car. However, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for those worst-case scenarios.
Consult the following list of items and services for ideas of what you should bring along:
- Roadside assistance (included with VW Carefree Coverage) or AAA card
- Emergency roadside assistance kit
- Spare tire
- Jumper cables
- Tire pressure gauge
- Can of “Fix-a-Flat,” or a similar product
- Ice scraper (for winter traveling or a surprise spring frost)
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Duct tape
- Car manual and extra car key
- List of VW service centers on your route
Items to Keep Your Passengers Comfortable
Being in a confined space for an extended period of time can be tough on some people. Riding in the car requires a little creative thinking to make it tolerable. This is especially important if you have kids who aren’t used to sitting still for hours at a time.
Try implementing the following into your road trip for maximum comfort:
- Cozy, breathable clothing
- Travel pillows and blankets
- Sunshades for windows
- Eye mask or sunglasses (for daytime napping)
- Variety of snacks and drinks
- Refillable water bottles
- Baby wipes to keep hands clean
- Any applicable travel toiletries or medications, including motion sickness meds
- A great soundtrack or audiobook
- Portable DVD player
- Games, like road trip bingo or license plate bingo
Planning Out Key Stops
The majority of road trips are predominantly highway driving for hours on end. However, there are going to be times when you need to make pit stops to use the bathroom, get more gas, or grab some food.
Think about these key stops as you plan your route, and consider finding unique places to make your trip even more special:
- Rest stops
- Local parks and sightseeing
For those of you to have an electric vehicle or are current owners of the Volkswagen ID.4, you’ll need to start thinking about where you’re going to stop to charge up your battery. You can see a real-time map of all the charging stations in the country by visiting PlugInAmerica.org.
Visit VW SouthTowne – The New Car Dealership Near You with Great Deals
A big family road trip requires a reliable car with enough power and storage to get the job done. It also needs to be packed with the latest in safety features and infotainment to keep you and your passengers safe and entertained for the entire trip.
Our advice? Hit up the local Volkswagen dealership near you and check out some of our latest SUV offerings. For those of you with huge families, the VW Atlas holds up to seven people and features nearly 97 cubic ft. of storage. Or, if you want an SUV that runs purely on electricity, check out our award-winning VW ID.4, which can go up to 260 miles on a single charge.
Not in the market for a new car? VW SouthTowne has you covered with great deals on used cars and certified pre-owned vehicles that have undergone a 100+ point inspection.
VW SouthTowne is conveniently located at 11000 Frontage Rd. in South Jordan. Our VW service center is located at the dealership, for all your pre-roadtrip tune-ups, too. Make an appointment to take a test drive or to schedule service by calling (801) 988-5825 or emailing us.