Rules of the winter road trip

Winter is now in full swing and there's never been a better time to start planning an exciting winter road trip. Whether you're in a brand new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, a cozy Pontiac Montana SV6, or a 'suped up' GMC Yukon, here are some fundamental rules to ensure that your winter road trip will be a memorable event.

Rule #1: Get your vehicle road-trip ready

Before you head out, get your vehicle winter-ready with a GM Goodwrench maintenance check-up. Goodwrench's expert service technicians will make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape with a full and thorough inspection and will suggest tires that are best suited for the winter conditions you may encounter on the road ahead. For a more detailed look at winter safety tips, check out our 'getting ready for winter weather' feature article.

Rule #2: Plan for the unexpected

OnStar offers hands-free calling service that is easy to use and convenient. And with OnStar's Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can get the peace of mind you need on the road, leaving more room for fun. If your vehicle is not equipped with OnStar, remember to keep a cell phone with you in the car at all times but avoid using it while driving.

Rule #3: Have lots of fun

  • * Bring an extensive collection of music that will fit all of your passengers' tastes
  • * Bring snacks with you and make sure they can be eaten without the use of utensils, as you'll probably be driving while you eat.
  • * Have fun with road games that are sure to make time fly by.

o Go through the alphabet and find countries, vegetables and animals etc. that start with each letter. See who can name the most
o Have someone bring and read off trivia questions from your favourite board game.
o Start a story and, after a couple of sentences, let the next person continue it. It's even more fun if each person has to adopt a particular style or persona when his or her turn comes up.

These tips are just the beginning - the rest can be left to your imagination. If a road trip is a state of mind then to truly enjoy it, you and your passengers must all embrace it and try to be as enthusiastic as possible. If you have a great road trip story you'd like to share, click on the Tell Us Your Story link and we may feature it in MOTION.

Drive safe and enjoy the open road. Driving is the destination, after all.

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