Summer Road Trip Tips


Summer is a short season for us Canadians, so we tend to make the most of the warm weather as we get out there and explore. Whether you’re headed up to cottage country, across the country or even across the border, we wanted to share some tips and tricks to help make your summer road trips safe and unforgettable.

With summer underway, here are some helpful tips to get you road-trip-ready. That’s something else you’ll value.

1. Download the FordPass app to locate nearby gas stations.

Before you head out, download the FordPass app to your smartphone to avoid running out of gas in the middle of nowhere. With FordPass, you can find gas stations and compare fuel prices on-the-go, to ensure your roadtrip stays on track

2. Consider your music choices.

Whether you’re going on the ultimate road trip, or just travelling around the corner, with SiriusXM in your vehicle, you’ll never want to stop driving. Also Ford vehicles with SYNC 3 can access Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, to enjoy your favorite music and playlists on those those rural routes and scenic backroads. In vehicles equipped with the AppLink system, you can also control your smartphone’s Spotify playlists straight from the driver’s seat through voice control and the buttons on your steering wheel.

3. Prepare for the unexpected.
It’s good to be prepared when you’re far away from home. Keep copies of your insurance, emergency contact info, and other important travel docs in your glove compartment. For all of you iPhone users, we have developed a special app, exclusively for Ford Canada customers, called the Sykes4Ford Roadside App. It uses GPS to pinpoint your vehicle’s location and provide you with immediate assistance.

4. Get a clean start.
Give the interior of your vehicle a good cleaning before you hit the road. You’ll be glad you did, especially when fast food wrappers and hotel receipts start filling up the glove compartment and console. When you’re in your vehicle for long stretches, having it clean and tidy will make the ride much more enjoyable.

5. Make a hard copy of your itinerary.
Technology isn’t always as reliable as you want it to be. So, have a printed copy of your route, hotel reservations and other important information in case you lose signal or your battery runs out.

6. Do a quick check.

Before you head out on a road trip, give your vehicle your own five-minute inspection. Look for windshield cracks, check tire pressure and oil levels, and make sure your head- and tail lamps are working properly.

7. Bring a travel entertainment caddy.
Hang a shoe organizer from one of the front headrests and fill each pocket with items like portable games, window stickers, and colouring books to keep fun, non-electronic activities within reach for the little ones in the back.

8. Be flexible.
Don’t over-schedule. Try to keep things loose, allowing for changes in your original plan. You never know when a closed road may change up your route or you come across a unique landmark that you really can’t miss out on visiting.

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