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Road Trip Hacks
From navigating the challenges of rural roads to dealing with a dead car fob, these tips and tricks will help you get there safely.
5 Tips for Driving on Rural Roads
- Check your tires – be ready for unpaved surfaces.
- Watch out for wildlife! Drive slowly so you can stop for critter crossings.
- Have a GPS backup plan – be ready in case you lose cell reception.
- Watch out for blind drives – curvy mountain roads can be hazardous.
- Be cautious about night driving – rural roads can be dark with few signs.
- To save on gas, use an app like GasBuddy.com to find the best prices along your route.
- Don’t fill up when the station’s tanker is refilling the pumps. The gas mixes with dirt and debris that hasn’t settled, which can affect your fuel components.
- Pump slower and save money. Pumping at high speed lets gas and vapors escape for a more expensive refill.
Fob on the fritz? These tips can help you get you into and start your car
- Most keyless entry fobs have an emergency key hidden inside the fob. To start the car, check the steering column for a plastic cap that pops off, revealing a hidden key slot.
- Hold dead fob against the driver’s door handle and pull. Sometimes there’s just enough juice in the battery to unlock it at a close distance.
- If your fob powers the START button and there's no mechanical key slot, use the key fob to gently push on the START button. Some manufacturers have a backup system that allows this method to work even if the fob battery is dead.
- Replace the key fob battery regularly. Your neighborhood Interstate All Battery Center installs fresh key fob batteries while you wait!
- Many manufacturers have unique key fob hacks as well as remote unlock services.
- Check out this website for information unique to your vehicle manufacturer: https://bit.ly/2D4SI9i
Did you know?
If you hold the metal part of your fob against your chin, then push the unlock button, it increases the signal’s reach by several car lengths. Your head becomes a conductor for finding your car in a crowded parking lot.
Know Before You Go
Don’t get stranded with a dead battery. Get a free battery test before you hit the road.