Take car in for professional maintenance and inspection.
Keep an emergency kit with water, flashlight, basic medical supplies, and more in the trunk.
Check and change oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and other fluids as appropriate.
Check engine coolant fluid levels. This is crucial in scorching weather.
Check air conditioning systems.
Test battery levels and corrosion. Summer weather shortens the lifespan of batteries.
Reduce distractions from children and pets with road trip games, movies, and music.
Bring a cellphone and charger – not for texting, but for emergency communications.
Drive with vigilance and caution.
Combat exhaustion and drowsy driving with frequent stops and breaks.
Prepare GPS systems and back-up maps before hitting the road.