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Spring Break Trip Planning

Warmer days and clearer skies are on their way, which means it’s almost road trip season. Whether your spring break trip is an epic adventure or a fun-filled day trip, these tips can help you plan the perfect getaway.

Day Trip

Day trips are perfect for novice road trippers or those short on time. Here are a few smart planning ideas on how to make the most of your next adventure.

  1. Prioritize

    Decide what you really want out of your day trip and keep your budget on track. If sightseeing is more important than dining out, pack a lunch and spend your money on roadside attractions and shopping instead.

  2. Make a schedule

    Day trips usually last a few hours, so make them count! Create a schedule of what you want to do and see, but allow yourself some flexibility to improvise and explore.

  3. Maximize road time

    Don’t spend your day cruising the highway, or worse, stuck in traffic. Plan your route to avoid rush hour and make time for some scenic drives and idyllic backroads. 

  4. Pack essentials

    Road trips with kids can sometimes be a challenge, but if you plan for entertainment on the road, the journey becomes part of the fun. Remember to pack favorite snacks and download their favorite movies or music.

Epic Adventure

For some, spring break means an extended road trip. Before you take off on your journey, consider these tips:

  1. Inspect your vehicle

    Making sure your vehicle is in its best condition is especially important when you’re planning to travel a significant distance. Schedule an appointment at your dealership to make sure everything from the brakes to the battery are in working order.

  2. Choose a destination

    There are so many places to go during spring break; an epic adventure road trip may be the answer. Give yourself the freedom to explore and don’t be afraid to veer from your schedule or try new things. Who knows, you might find some unexpected joy by venturing off the beaten path.

  3. Expect the best, prepare for the worst

    When you’re hundreds of miles from home, a little preparedness goes a long way. Make sure you have jumper cables, tire sealant, an inflated spare tire, a jack and emergency supplies.

  4. Know your pit stops

    No matter how comfortable your vehicle is, you’ll want to get out every now and then. Especially if you’re traveling with kids or pets, planned stops along the way help break up the journey. Each state’s Department of Transportation website includes information about rest stops, so you can identify reliable stopping points. Or, go big and plan an extended stop at a state or national park.

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By Scooter Hendon, GM Financial

GM Financial's Scooter Hendon might have a funny name, but he's serious about educating customers about financing their vehicles – and no, not the foot-powered kind on two wheels.

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