Take a Summer Trip to the Beach

Already thinking about summer vacation? Summertime is the perfect time to head to the beach, and springtime is the perfect time to start planning your beach retreat. After a long winter, everyone seems to have the beach on their mind... and why not? Fun in the sun and sand can do the body and mind good. If you live within driving distance to the coast, it's fun to plan a long vacation or a quick weekend trip with the family. Taking the family car, truck or SUV can make the trip even more special.

If you plan on taking a truck, choose a beach that lets you drive onto the beach. Some beaches do allow this. You can drive out onto the beach at dusk, and lie back in the bed of the truck as a family, and watch the stars as they begin to appear over the ocean. Take some snacks along and make a fun camp-out experience that your family will never forget. Be sure to check your tires beforehand, so you have good traction against the smooth sand.

If you plan to take an SUV, why not camp out? Some beaches will allow camping. You can park your SUV, set up a tent, and perhaps even create a small bonfire on the beach. Bring along hot dogs or other ingredients for hobo meals that can be cooked over an open flame. Don't forget the smores, and fun stories to enjoy around the bonfire.

Taking a car trip to the beach? Make sure the car is in tip-top shape before your trip. Get an oil change, and be sure to check all of the car's fluids. Many beaches will encounter a late afternoon thunderstorm during the summer months, so make sure your windshield wipers work properly. Park your car in a well-protected area, perhaps in a designated parking area underneath the beach house.

Whatever type of vehicle you take to the beach, make sure you take steps to protect it. Keep a dustbuster/mini vacuum in the car to vacuum out sand and shell particles that you might track inside. Shake out car mats, and you might even consider seat protectors to keep sand off of your seats. This is an especially good idea if you have kids or pets that will be playing in the sand. Keep extra towels stored in the vehicle, as well. Wet wipes can help clean up those little messes that might make their way into the vehicle. Have an empty wet bag to toss wet swimsuits, clothing, shoes or towels into, so wet sand doesn't wind up all over the vehicle.

These simple tips will help to make your trip a fun, relaxing experience for the whole family.

Brought to you by Paul Conte Chevrolet.

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