NEW YORK (MainStreet) When parents wave bye-bye to their college-aged kids for a summer weekend or when September comes, little do they know they neglected to warn Junior about a big rite of passage among young adults: the road trip.
Road trips reached mega-status in the U.S. culture through the 1978 movie Animal House, in which fraternity house misfits loaded up a Lincoln Continental with beer and hit the open road.
But for parents these days, it's safety first. Loading up any vehicle with beer is low on the list of actions mom and dad want their kids to take when away from home.
That's not going to stop kids from embarking on road trips, so parents would do well to arm them with some tips on how to get the most out of a road trip in a safe, practical way. Fortunately, Royal Purple, a Porter, Texas, synthetic oil products and services firm, is ready with some tips.
"With any road trip, the journey itself is part of the adventure," says the company's marketing director, Randy Fisher. "We put this list together because we wanted to make sure that college students get the fullest experience from their time on the road, and most importantly get to school safe."
Here is what the company advises before backing out of the driveway:
Give yourself some time. Royal Purple says having an extra day of travel will add some relaxation on a road trip. "That allows you to drive rested, get some sightseeing in and arrive early to your destination," the firm says. And drivers can save time by using a travel planning website such as Furkot.