Seven Steps to Get Your Car Ready for a Summer Road Trip

We have seven tips to help ensure safe, cool and comfortable travel.

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What’s a bigger American tradition than the summer road trip? Before you load up and hit the highway, better make sure the Family Truckster is up to the task. We’ve got seven tips to help ensure safe, cool and comfortable travel. 

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David Muhlbaum
Former Senior Online Editor

In his former role as Senior Online Editor, David edited and wrote a wide range of content for With more than 20 years of experience with Kiplinger, David worked on numerous Kiplinger publications, including The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He co-hosted  Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast and helped develop the Economic Forecasts feature.

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