The warm summer temperatures and sunshine are finally here and that means its road trip time! There is nothing quite like hitting the open road, the sun on your face and your favorite music playing, on your way to a great vacation destination. Before you head out, you need to make sure your vehicle is ready and you have all the essentials packed so the trip is smooth and stress-free. We are sharing some of our best tips and tricks for a successful road trip and the best places to visit in the state of Delaware! Read on!


Getting Your Vehicle Ready
Before you head out on your summer adventure you need to make sure your vehicle is up to the task. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road, away from home looking to get your car repaired by unfamiliar mechanics. Set up an appointment with our service department for a vehicle tune-up. Ask them to look over all your fluids including oil, coolant, and even windshield wiper fluid and change or top them off if needed. This is also a great time to inspect the brakes, the timing belt, and hoses! You also need to make sure you replace your windshield wipers if necessary, you don't want to be stuck in a thunderstorm with bad wipers, unable to see. Lastly, inspect that all exterior lights, from the headlights and blinkers and taillights and brake lights, are all working. 

Packing Your Vehicle
Now that your vehicle is running in tip-top shape, ready for the road, it's time to pack it! We are sharing a few of the most important items you should be bringing along for the ride. They include a first aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, phone charger or portable charger, and blankets and pillows if it's a long ride. We cannot forget the road trip snacks! Bring along a cooler and all your favorite snacks and drinks for the ride. This will also allow you to avoid stopping when hunger strikes. You can also bring along a camera, umbrella, a reusable water bottle, and a small trashcan to keep things tidy. 

Great Apps to Utilize
Apps make life and today, there is an app for practically everything! Just some of the apps we recommend include Roadtrippers to plan out the route, driving time and even approximate gas costs, HotelTonight for overnight accommodations, Waze for navigation and traffic reports, GasBuddy to make sure stations near you have diesel if needed and where you can save at the pump, and lastly Spotify. We love this app for podcasts and road trip jams for the ride! 

Places to Visit in Delaware
There are so many great places to stop and check out in Delaware. We are sharing some of your favorites and if they spark your interest, add them to your route! 
Lewes - This historical city was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s. The coastal town is surrounded by Cape Henlopen State Park. The farmer's market is fantastic and the restaurants offer delicious dining! The Lewes Beach is incredibly family-friendly too. 
Wilmington - Situated between the Delaware and Christina rivers, this city is a hot spot for restaurants, arts, and culture. The Riverwalk is incredibly beautiful at night, perfect for a date night stroll. Wilmington also has a wonderful children's museum! 
DuPont Mansions - These massive mansions are located in Chateau County and once housed the elite DuPont family. These mansions are now open to the public, some serving as museums about the home's rich history and showcasing the diverse antique collections. 
Bethany Beach - Looking to avoid the crowds on your vacation? Bethany Beach is the perfect place to visit. Beach house rentals are available and the town is known for its incredible restaurants. Plus, the boardwalk is perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll! 

The Winner Ford service department is the place to go if you are looking to get a tune-up before you embark on a Delaware adventure. If you are looking for a new or used vehicle for your summer adventures, Winner Ford can deliver! Check out our new inventory and our used inventory as well to find your perfect road-tripping vehicle.

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Winner Ford

591 South Dupont Highway
Directions Dover, DE 19901

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