The Definitive Road Trip Checklist for Your VW
Plus, an Overview of the Best Long-Distance Drivers at Your Volkswagen Dealer
Have you ever hit the road with the sneaking suspicion that you’ve forgotten something really important back at home?
You keep driving along, passing town after town after town. Then, a few hundred miles into your trip, you suddenly remember that you left your wallet on the kitchen counter. Your driver’s license and credit cards are three hours away. And if you get pulled over, you can’t really count on the old “I forgot my ID at home” excuse to get you out of a ticket.
Not to worry. Forgetting things happens to the best of us. However, in the case of taking a road trip, forgetting an important item can literally cost you several hours of daylight and gallons of expensive fuel. The mood in the car will also probably sour at the thought of having to turn around to retrieve a single item.
So, what’s the best way to ensure this doesn’t happen to you? Preparation, of course!
To help ensure that your next road trip goes off without a hitch, we’re breaking down every critical item that you’ll need so that you can hit the road with confidence. We will also provide a brief overview of the best road trip-worthy VW vehicles for sale at your local Volkswagen dealer.
Items That You Legally Have to Have
When you’re out on a long road trip, one of the biggest concerns is getting pulled over by a local officer or State Highway Patrol. The last thing that you want to deal with in that situation is not having all your documentation in order. Saying that you forgot something at home won’t inspire a lot of leniency.
Make sure you have the following items before hitting the road.
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle registration
- Proof of insurance
Although these items can’t prevent you from getting pulled over, having them on you will prevent racking up additional fines and citations.
Items That Come in Handy in Case of Car Trouble
When going on a family road trip, you need to be prepared for life’s little surprises. Although getting a flat tire in the Clear Lake area might not be a big deal, it can cost you valuable hours out on the interstate if you’re not prepared for it.
To ensure that your road trip doesn’t come to a screeching halt, here is a list of valuable items to have in case of car trouble:
- Extra car key
- Car manual
- Roadside assistance (included with VW Carefree Coverage) or AAA card
- Emergency roadside assistance kit
- Spare tire
- Tire pressure gauge
- Jumper cables
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Duct tape (for patching up hoses)
- Ice scraper (for winter traveling)
Items That Will Make Your Trip More Comfortable
Let’s face it – being in the car for hours at a time can be tough on people, especially for young children that have plenty of energy. Consider packing the following items to make the ride more comfortable and relaxing for everyone:
- Refillable water bottles
- A variety of snacks and drinks
- Cozy breathable clothing
- Travel pillows and blankets
- Sunshades or window film for windows
- Eye mask or sunglasses (for daytime napping)
- Baby wipes or moist towelettes to keep hands clean
- A great soundtrack or audiobook
- Any applicable travel toiletries or medications
Looking for a Volkswagen for Sale for Your Upcoming Road Trip? Visit Your Local Volkswagen Dealer Today!
Finding the perfect road trip vehicle is a matter of determining what you want to get out of your driving experience and what performance aspects matter most to you. The next time you visit a new car dealership, you can save time simply by having your top one or two priorities firmly in mind.
For instance, maybe you want to go with the VW that promises the very best in fuel economy to cut down on those expensive trips to the pump. In that case, you should check out the VW Jetta. It gets 29 mpg city/43 mpg highway and has a starting MSRP of $20,365. It’s one of the most affordable compacts in its class.
What if you’re looking for something with big time storage that can seat all the members of your family? The VW Atlas has three rows of seating and up to 98.6 cubic ft. of cargo space (with rear seats folded down). It also provides up to 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque, which means it’s got more than enough power to confidently take you across the country. The VW Atlas is the perfect vehicle for the classic big family camping trip.
Or, perhaps you want to go with a vehicle that won’t cost you anything in gasoline. If that’s the case, you can’t go wrong with 2021’s World Car of the Year Award-winner: the all-electric VW ID.4. It has a gorgeous future-forward design, tons of safety and convenience features, and can get up to 280 miles on a single charge (Pro model only).
Finding a VW Dealership Near You in Clear Lake, TX
Now that you know what to pack for your road trip and which VW vehicles offer the best long-distance experience, the next step is for you to visit a VW dealership near you so you can test drive them for yourself.
VW Clear Lake is conveniently located at 15100 Gulf Fwy. Not only are we one of the leading new car dealerships in Texas, we also carry plenty of used cars and certified pre-owned vehicles that have undergone a 100+ point inspection. Don’t forget to check out our specials for more great deals on VW products and services.
Are you a current VW owner in need of routine maintenance or service? Contact the VW service center to make your appointment.