If the past few months of indoor confinement have left you with an acute case of cabin fever, you are a lot like us, and your daydreams are filled with thoughts of getting away. It could be some time before we all start flying to far off destinations and tropical vacations, but things are starting to open up, restrictions are lifting, and road-trips are a real possibility. How lucky that we live in such a natural paradise! With beaches, mountains, high desert, lush valleys, rivers, lakes, and streams, all within driving distance, it’s no wonder the open road is calling!
Before you jump in your car, truck, or RV and dash off to the coast, or some other favorite Northwest destination, a bit of pre-planning and prepping is in order. Not just to make sure you are welcome—not every community is open to outsiders yet and many parks are still closed—but to also make sure your vehicle is travel-ready.
Of course, the first step is finding out what’s open! Whether you are thinking of visiting a park or campground, heading to the coast, or central Oregon, there are a number of online resources to check out first for updates. Here are the websites for some popular destinations:
Oregon State Parks
Oregon Travel News
Visit Central Oregon
Oregon Wine Country
We know it will be hard to stay home once you get the itch to go, but before you jump in your car and drive away, follow this road-trip checklist and get your auto ready for travel.
- Schedule a service appointment and stay up to date on regular maintenance so your car will run its best when you hit the open road.
- Make sure your tires are in good shape and at their optimum pressure—for safety and better fuel economy.
- Have your cooling and air conditioning systems serviced to keep you cool on long drives during the summer heat.
- Check your filters, fluids, and fuel system to improve your fuel efficiency and spend less time at the pump.
We are just as excited as you to get out and about, but safety is always our first priority. So, contact us today if your vehicle is in need of service, we’re here for you!
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