On The Road Again in Canada and the United States

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.

On The Road Again in Canada and the United States

As Willie Nelson sings, 'on the road again'; road trip season has begun for 2010, are you ready? It doesn't really matter if it is a mapped out 18 hour drive, a 3 hour cruise or an hour up the road, some thought and pre-planning will make it more enjoyable.

car loaded up with people & suitcases
Sure you must check the usuals;
how are the tires, is the spare in the trunk, what is the gas and oil levels, these shouldn't be overlooked, but there is much more to think about than that!

Twice last year, we saw road incidents that had the traffic lined up for miles
, fortunately on the opposite side that we were travelling, and we thought; hope those drivers have enough gas, coolant, oil and that they didn't need a bathroom break, because they didn't have one coming for quite a bit. 

So that leads us into road trip tip number

               1.  Don't leave required bathroom breaks & gas fill-ups to the last minute, you never  know what is just up the road
            2.  If it is an extended trip, pace it out so you can take breaks every few hours.  One great idea is to pack a lunch and instead of stopping at a fast food chain
                 along the way, you can relax at a park, take in the scenery & let the kids blow off some steam.
            3.  Keep a soft sided cooler accessible filled with healthy snacks, a few sugary snacks and drinks. Make sure to use straws and also lids on hot drinks to avoid to spills.
            4.  If room permits, a pillow & blanket or two for extra comfort are great to have on board and so are audio books.
            5.  An emergency kit complete with lots of band-aids, antibiotic creme, wet wipes & gauze kept somewhere easy to grab.

Yes, it is road trip time, what tips can you to add to this list?


On The Road Again in Canada and the United States

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Marc Swartz
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Hi Al and Peggy - Whenever I get on a boat, I **** ALWAYS **** ask if the boat cruise / ride / tour will be three (3) hours in length.  If it is, I won't go on it.  The smart boat operators and staff always understand why I am so concerned about such tours. ;)

May 23, 2010 12:49 PM
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Malcolm Johnston
Trenton Real Estate
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario

Thanks for the reminders Al and Peggy. I hate when I'm stuck on the 401 and have to pee.

May 23, 2010 01:11 PM
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Ross Therrien
Realtor, Broker Associate
Prudential Verani Realty, Londonderry,New Hampshire

Wait till you hit the Quebec border, Malcolm.

May 23, 2010 09:48 PM
Rainmaker
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.

You are most welcome Chris!

YES, especially if the boat is the type with no head Marc!

Absolutely Malcolm, we seem to have lots of service stations in town but nearly enough when you get out 'there'

  

May 23, 2010 11:17 PM
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Jim Frimmer
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HomeSmart Realty West

I had a college roommate who used to take an empty plastic bottle with a cap on it in case he needed to take a little bathroom break while driving or stuck in traffic. Maybe that's why I never went anywhere with him.

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