Morrie's Auto Group offers road-trip preparation tips

Morrie's Auto Group, based in Minnesota, is sharing tips to help make summer trips more manageable on its website.

If traveling to an area you've never visited, check the website to find out about unique stops along the way.

It's a good idea to schedule routine maintenance such as safety checks and oil changes before the trip, the posting said. This ensures the vehicle is in optimal condition no matter how far you venture from home.

Download maps you might need on the trip beforehand. This way you can still pinpoint your location even if cellphone or GPS service isn't working as expected.

Make sure standard paperwork and documents are readily available in your car, such as insurance cards and registration, as well as your driver's license.

Clean out the vehicle and trunk before the trip, removing any unnecessary materials. Add an emergency kit that includes first-aid supplies and a flashlight, just in case.

Download an app such as GasBuddy to find the best fuel prices wherever you go.

Pack plenty of snacks and water for the time spent in the car too. Good snacks are nuts, raisins and items that won't melt or make a mess.

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Morrie's Automotive Group 12520 Wayzata Boulevard Hopkins, MN 55305