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As Summer approaches, many families are starting to plan their vacations. I love roadtrips! So, I highly suggest jumping in your car and driving to your destination with your kids, beach toys, bikes, paddleboards, etc…in tow.  If you are thinking about taking a road trip this year for Summer vacation, I say go for it, but I have some key tips for ensuring you have a safe and fun trip.

The number one piece of advice I can give for having a successful road trip it to make sure you preparing your vehicle for the long drive! 

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Look over the tires.

Make sure that your tires have been rotated, are filled with appropriate amount of air and make sure the tread is not too worn or uneven. Low tire pressures waste fuel and, more importantly, cause the tire to run hotter from the extra friction which when combined with speed can cause a blowout.

Change the oil. 

Hopefully you keep track of your oil changes. Before a road trip  you need to make sure that you are no overdue or coming close to your needed change. If so, it is best to take care of it in preparation for your trip. Mobil 1™ synthetic oil protects more than just your engine. 

If you are like me-not a car expert, you will want to use the Oil Selector tool on Walmart’s website to determine what type of oil is best for your vehicle.

If you are like me, you may not want to change the oil yourself, so Walmart’s Auto Care Center is a great place to get your oil changed. It’s easy: Drop off the car, request Mobil 1 and shop around while you wait. 

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To celebrate Earth Day, Mobil 1™ is giving Walmart customers a chance to win a Chevy Equinox until April 30, 2018 plus $10 off their next Mobil 1™ purchase at Walmart. Here are two ways you can enter to win:

1. By purchasing 5 quarts of Mobil 1™ in the store or a Mobil 1™ oil change at the Auto Care Center
2. By recycling any used oil at an Auto Care Center! If you change your oil yourself, remember that it is important it is to recycle oil. Did you know that you can bring it to Walmart for proper recycling?

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As a bonus, shoppers that purchase 5 quarts of Mobil 1™ synthetic oil or a Mobil 1™ synthetic oil change at the Auto Care Center are also eligible to receive a $10 Select Certificate valid on a future Mobil 1™ purchase at Walmart.

Once shoppers have made a qualifying Mobil 1™ purchase or recycled any used oil at Walmart, they can enter to win the Chevy Equinox and/or receive their $10 Walmart Select Certificate at earthdaydriveaway.com. Limit 2 entries in the sweepstakes per customer (1 for purchasing and 1 for recycling). Receipt required to receive $10 Walmart Select Certificate.

Terms and conditions, FAQs, and other information can be found at EarthDayDriveAway.com.

Check the battery.

Depending on the age of your car battery, there are a number of things to check like the terminals to make sure they are corrosion-free and that the positive and negative leads are tight. Pay attention to your starter sound- if it is sluggish, it either has corrosion or is a dying battery. Don’t wait to be stranded with a dead battery. If it’s not a sealed, maintenance-free battery, have a gas station test its electrolytes. If it is a sealed battery, they can check the output voltage. If there is white chalky stuff (corrosion) on the terminals, be sure to clean it off with a wire -brush that you can easily buy at your local parts store or Walmart. 

Checking off car maintenance items before you leave is an important part of preparing for your road trip. Take the time before your trip to ensure you don’t lose time during your trip with car trouble. But most importantly preparing your vehicle for a road trip will help ensure you make it safely back home!

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I want to inspire you to spend authentic time with your family! From playtime to travel. Whether you explore your city, state or the world, just get out and see, do and eat new things! And I strive to encourage women to pursue their dreams. In addition to my favorite job of being the mother to two crazy little kids, I am the Marketing & Events Director for Housewives In The City South Florida,  a freelance travel writer, and manage digital marketing for small businesses. Let’s connect!