Summer will soon be here, which means it's time to start planning your vacations. If a road trip is in your future, you'll need to make sure that your car is ready for the added miles. The last thing you want is to have your vacation cut short by car troubles. Here are some handy tips that will help you prepare for your road trips.

Start with a Trip to the Mechanic

If you're going to be embarking on road trips this summer, you've got to start with a trip to the mechanic. You'll want to make sure that your is in tiptop shape. Your trip to the mechanic should include an oil change, a brake inspection, and a radiator flush. It's also important that you have your battery tested to make sure it's ready for action. It's going to be doing extra work once you turn the air conditioner on. Speaking of your air conditioner, make sure your auto repair mechanic checks the refrigerant levels on that.

Update Your Auto Insurance Policy

Now that you're going to heading out for a road trip, you'll want to make sure that your auto insurance policy is updated. You may have adequate coverage for the around-town driving you usually do, but it might be sufficient for a road trip. For maximum protection, your insurance policy should include comprehensive coverage, roadside assistance, and rental car coverage. You might not think you need the comprehensive coverage, but it will cover the replacement of your windshield should it get damaged by a piece of road debris.

Invest in a GPS System

If you don't have a GPS system in your car, you need to invest in one before you take off on your road trip. This is true even if you know where you're going. One of the benefits of a GPS system is that it will alert you to traffic delays, construction zones, and even detours that you might not have known about. If you do come up on a detour, your GPS system will navigate you safely through it.

Stock Up on Roadside Emergency Supplies

Before you take off on your vacation, you'll also need to stock up on the roadside emergency supplies you might need. Even with a roadside assistance plan, there are still some things you'll need in your car. For instance, if you'll be driving during peak seasonal heat, you'll want to have a few extra containers of coolant on hand. You should also have a portable air compressor in your car. In the event of a flat tire, your air compressor can fill your tire up enough to get you to a safe location to call for roadside assistance. It's also important that you stock your car with additional drinking water and snacks. Just in case, you're stuck for a while waiting for help.