Bringing your pet on a road trip is nothing short of fun, especially if your pet can’t wait to hit the road. Nevertheless, there are important safety tips to keep in mind when you’re driving with pets, especially dogs and cats. Above all else, make sure your pet is comfortable and happy when you’re driving.
According to the American Humane Society, it’s a smart idea to take some short test trips before you commit to a longer road trip with a pet. Get your dog or other animal used to the experience and try to give your pet treats when they get in the car so they associate the vehicle with a positive experience. In some cases, your pet may get car sick, which may require special medicine to prevent nausea.
Be sure to get proper ID tags and update your microchip registration. In the event of an accident, it’s fairly common for pets to flee the scene. If they’re not identifiable, pets can get lost. This is also why it’s a good idea to buy restraints like a car carrier, pet seat belt, or barrier to keep your pet secure in the event of a collision.
Never allow your pet to stick their head out the window, as they might be struck by road debris. Wind can also irritate the mucous membranes in many dogs, so there can be negative secondary effects. You should also avoid putting dogs in the bed of a truck, as roughly 100,000 dogs die in accidents each year because they were in the back of a pickup.
For a new ride that’s perfect for bringing along your animal best friend, contact the team at H&H Chevrolet.
There are plenty of ways to save money on a road trip, and it starts by utilizing what’s already available to you. Check out these simple methods to make the most of your vacation!
Taking advantage of all the free attractions your destination has to offer is a great way to have fun and save money simultaneously. Take the time to get a guidebook and look through it to see what free activities your area has to offer. Types of free attractions might include music festivals, historic sites, and museums.
Avoid Toll Roads
Avoiding toll roads altogether is one of the best ways to save money while traveling. Unfortunately, knowing all the toll roads that you’ll encounter on a long road trip is nearly impossible. That’s why we have technology!
GPS apps and in-vehicle navigation systems give drivers a choice between multiple routes. Most routes are similar in time traveled and go through the same areas. The only major difference is one option will allow you to avoid toll roads.
Fuel economy tends to gradually decrease at speeds above 50 mph. Traveling the speed limit already reduces fuel economy, but going over the speed limit can result in more fuel stops. If you get caught exceeding the speed limit, you could face hefty fines as well. Slow down and enjoy the savings!
If you’re not sure that your ride can handle a long road trip, contact us at H&H Chevrolet for a new one or repairs.
Chevy’s Road Trip Coming To You
Have you dreamed of seeing the entire country by car? Now’s your chance with Chevy’s road trip, designed in conjunction with data scientist Randy Olson. The trip takes you through all 48 contiguous United States (you’ll have to get to Alaska and Hawaii some other time) with an exciting stop in each state, including theme parks, national parks, and famous landmarks.
All Across America
The trip covers 13,389 miles of American roadways and would take roughly 214.56 hours—that’s nine days—of pure driving. But since you will probably want to stop to eat, sleep, and use the rest room (and fill up at the gas station and get some oil changes), the trip will likely take you much longer. In fact, with each of the 48 planned stops and your own detours to see family, friends, and travel destinations you’ve always dreamed of, you should probably plan for at least a month on the road.
Shared Memories With The Family
“Road trips are about creating shared memories and quality time with family and friends,” remarked Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “And when on the road, travelers can trust Chevrolet vehicles to help get them where they’re going reliably. Chevy is now the only brand to earn J.D. Power Dependability Awards for cars, trucks and SUVs three years in a row.”
Whether you plan to tackle all of Chevy’s road trip or just a portion near us in Pennsylvania, make sure to get your routine maintenance done first at H&H Chevrolet in Shippensburg, PA.