The holidays are over and winter adventures await, but before you set off on your road trip you know that you need to make sure your car is up for the trip and that you have all the necessary supplies to keep your crew in good shape, so why not do both at the same time and save some effort?
Before I share some of my favorite road trips, let's head to Walmart to get our oil changed with Pennzoil and I shopped for some goodies. After all, it's just as important to make sure your car is in tip-top condition as it is that you have snacks, drinks for the humans. Plus, since it is Walmart you can also pick up an extra pair of boots, gloves, even a tablet or DVDs to watch on the trip too!
I always find that even if your car isn't "due" for an oil change that it is a good idea to go in for a check if you are planning a trip longer than a few hours drive and especially when going into areas that might have extreme conditions such as icy roads, extreme cold, or extreme heat. Plus, if you living in the South West as I do, there are places in the desert where you might be many miles from a gas station should something unexpected go wrong.
When getting your "oil changed" it is more than just the oil and the guys at Walmart were great about checking my tires, headlights, washer fluid, brake pads etc. Plus they also vacuumed the interior and cleaned the windshield, so that was nice as well. Walmart Auto Center's oil and lube services run from $26.88 for a basic level of service but we recommend getting the Standard Oil Change for $31.88 since that includes the other services I mentioned above.
I chose to get Pennzoil's Conventional Motor Oil, which is a traditional oil base fortified with Active Cleaning Agents™. However, if you have an older car you may want to choose the High Mileage Vehicle version that helps with worn or high mileage engines with more than 75,000 miles. Pennzoil also offers a synthetic motor oil Platinum that is proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard.
So no that your car is all set and we've stocked up on supplies, here are some of my favorite road trips!
Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles to Carmel California
Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most amazing experiences that you can take as it winds it way through Santa Barbara wine country and up the coast through Big Sur where you will absolutely need to make sure your brakes are in good shape since for an about two hours you'll be faced with hair pin turns, narrow roads, and sheer drop offs into the Pacific Ocean below!
Chicago to New Orleans
This one's a bit more tame but since it is a LONG journey and in the winter you'll be facing potentially icy roads you'll want to make sure that your tires are in good shape. One of my favorite aspects of this trip (aside from celebrating arriving in New Orleans with a daiquiri on Bourbon Street) is that when you take this trip in the spring time you can watch as the vegetation goes from frozen or muddy brown in Illinois to bright green once you get into Mississippi.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
This is a trip that every guy should experience at least once. Starting in Louisville you'll wind your way through fantastic country roads sampling some of the greatest whiskey's in America and dining on some of the best southern food in the country. If you chose this trip though, don't forget to make sure to have a designated driver!
San Diego to Phoenix for Spring Training
While not as famous as the road trip ideas above, this is a great trip that takes you through mountains and desert past awesome roadside attractions like Desert View Tower, Date Land (delicious date shakes!) and Imperial Dunes before getting to Phoenix for your adventure.
Whichever road trip you take, make sure to start it off right with an oil change at Walmart Auto Center with Pennzoil to help clean out sludge that lesser oils may leave behind and that allows you to driving an extra 550 miles per year compared to if you had a dirty engine.