We have all fallen witness to the fact that road trips can be long, drawn out, and downright miserable if not executed properly. A summer vacation to Florida can go from awesome to terrible in a matter of minutes if you have to listen to your mother correct your father’s driving skills for first 100 miles of the trip. If you want to steer clear of the bad road trip, all you have to do is follow the five rules to planning an ultimate road trip.
Rule 1: Create the Ultimate Mix Tape or Playlist
When planning a road trip you need to prepare music that everyone in the vehicle will enjoy. So, before embarking, ask all the members in your party what music genres they like and what their favorite songs are. Try to make at least one CD/Tape/Playlist per person, for each day you plan on being in the vehicle. Finally, compile each with a variety of music that pleases everyone. (This rule may be more difficult than you think! So please take the time to plan this out perfectly!)
Rule 2: Add Some Fun!
Road trips can be dull, there is no denying that. The task of continuously driving is tedious, and with out proper ‘fun’ it can make your road trip stagnant. So in order to pump up your road trip’s fun level, look up some car games on the internet. Try to avoid car games that require singing because you want to avoid irritating the driver! Be creative with this; come up with games that are yours and yours alone (this will help make future road trips more alluring because people will have something to look forward to).
Rule 3: Shotgun Rules…Very Important
A week, or so, before you leave on your road trip ask your party to list 5 to 10 shotgun calling rules. Put them together, print them out, and then distribute them to all members of the trip. The shotgun calling rules will fun, but more importantly, the rules should prevent all in car or parking lot brawls amongst your buddies.
Rule 4: Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
Choosing the right snacks is crucial when planning an ultimate road trip. First, and foremost, make sure that you pack snacks that will not be irritating to others in the car. For example, do not pack any type of food with an obnoxious odor. If you pack chips, make you they stay between the bag and your mouth because creating a trail of crumbs throughout the car is a pain to the owner of the vehicle. Instead of potato chips try chocolate covered raisins or oatmeal bars with candies in them. Another thing to remember is: limit snacks to ones that will not cause members of your party to have to go to the bathroom a lot. Multiple ‘pit stop’ interruptions are not fun and a complete buzz kill.
Rule 5: Pay Attention to Traffic
Being stuck in a traffic jam is the worst! Make sure you print out directions (as well as an alternate route), grab a set of maps, and, if you have a GPS system, pre-program your destination. Every once in a while listen to local radio stations to check for road delays and traffic jams. If you hear about a traffic jam early enough you can check your maps and avoid sitting in hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Also, do not let everyone in the car attempt to be Christopher Columbus and offer his or her personal interpretation of how to get to your final landing place. Everyone does NOT have a great sense of directions so make sure you figure out who to listen to and who to ignore in the event that you get lost.
Prompted by wild success of RAV4 by Toyota and CR-V by Honda and many more other crossovers, General Motor answered the challenge by launching 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. Popularly known as bowtie brand, is good overall, has some better features than its competitors.
For the newbie, it provides choice for two new direct injected variable valve time engine with 2.4 liter V4 and an optional V6 3 liter blended with six speed transmission. For the V6 engine, it gives 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway with 264 horsepower, whereas the former V4 gives 22MPG in city and 32Mpg in highway and pumps 182 horsepower. This translates to a potential highway driving range around 600 miles and for V6 more than 500 miles. There is an additional “ECO MODE” that adjusts the transmission shift so as to maximize fuel saving.
With respect to exterior styling, 2010 Equinox has the characteristic Chevy’s two-tier grille face with bowtie badge protuberance. The other features include dual-round tail lamps, slender fenders with muscular shape. The base of the windshield is moved towards the base, wind-tunnel body to give the aerodynamic look and sleek profile.
The wheelbase is similar to the predecessor but one inch shorter in height and one inch wider front track to improve stability and enhance performance. The rocker panels have been fitted into the doors so as to reduce brushing pant legs and the flush fitting exposed windshield and rear glass to decrease the wind noise inside the car and compliment the compact quality look.
The inside of Equinox provides huge storage area with big glove box, a closed bin above the center stack and a closed ample storage space under the armrest and has enough room for laptop or notebook computer. The car I took the test drive had I front and rear seats made of premium perforated leather. Even seats having standard cloth is also available.
The presence of electric power steering makes the vehicle better fuel efficient and better hydraulic system, but one disadvantage being is the lack of feel and less steering wheel use.
Other host of features includes providing advanced technology amenities such as touch screen navigation blue tooth phone connectivity, premier audio systems and rear camera system, two independent screens and power liftgate.
Any car cannot be evaluated until test drive is taken. According to me, Camaro Equinox is the best sports vehicle I have driven so far. The V6 is powerful enough with reasonable fuel economy, but for heavy loads it is not that good enough. To sum up in a single line, the new 2010 Chevy Equinox is a good solution for fuel efficiency and utility purpose