What are you driving this summer?
For the second summer in a row, I choose to drive from Texas to Indiana for my annual pilgrimage to my hometown. The weather is more pleasant in the north and we are heading towards quality moments with the family; this is worth each of the 19 hours it takes to drive there. The roads are mesmerizing and calming as entire cities and states pass us by, and a curated playlist accompanies the ride. Last summer I drove a Chrysler Pacifica from here to there in the middle of the lockdown, opting for drive-thru instead of restaurant stops and getting in and out as fast as I could. Minivans get a bad rap, but I’ll tell you this: they’re spectacularly comfortable for road trips. It’s like driving a recliner.
This country is full of wonder, and there is so much to see that one person would be challenged to see it all in their life. Where are you heading this year and what are you driving to get there?
I’m especially curious if you plan to take an electric vehicle for a long trip; I’d like to know how you plan for charging stops and what tools you use to think about the future. If you are driving a gasoline vehicle, you may be thinking about the potential gasoline shortage or maybe fuel economy is not your concern at all.
Whether you take a solo trip like Michael Digiorgio did in his all new C8 or The readerJerry Perez, on his own, on a family trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tahoe, there are some memories to be made. Last summer was my first long distance RV towing experience, and I was surprised how much fun it was. Once you know how to plug it in, unhook it, and do turns, you’re in gold. Having an SUV or truck with a strong towing capacity also helps.
There are a few auto museum stops I would like to take along the way, like the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska, or the Chevy Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. After so many months of uncertainty, it seems now is a good time to flex those tires and go.
Snacks: check. Entertainment for children: check. Playlist: check it out. Share with us where you are headed; maybe you have some great ideas for all of us for the ultimate summer road trip.
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