Five Hacks You Need to Know Before Your Next Road Trip

Road Trip Tips for Parents from Hankook Tire

It’s road trip season and we’ve partnered with Hankook Tire to bring you some of our favourite road trip tips to keep you sane (and safe) while you’re on the road. We’re embarking on our third road trip this weekend with the new Hankook tires on our vehicle. When you’re trying to keep your family safe on road trips, and keep summer performance top-notch, it’s important to have the right tires on your vehicle.

Here’s how to be road-trip-ready, with kids:

Remember ‘Seven’ | When the weather hits seven degrees, that’s when you should change over your winter tires to something more appropriate. Making the switch to summer tires can increase your gas mileage, and increase the performance of your vehicle. Summer tires have a lower rolling resistance and increased handling in warm weather – meaning that you’re going to the road trip destination safer. Not to mention the fact that summer tires are much quieter in warm weather, so you can enjoy that road trip playlist!

We’re heading out to summer adventure with fresh Hankook tires – getting to adventure safer, and smoother. It was nearing time to replace our all-season tires, and the difference in driving has been noticeable.

Why choose Hankook? Admittedly, I’m not the driving force of the vehicle maintenance decisions in the house. I didn’t know how to even check the tire pressure in my car until last week (Jamie would be mortified I admitted to that) but when talking tires with friends, Hankook was one brand that had consistently positive feedback, and learning more about the brand – I continued to be impressed.

At Hankook, our aim is to create a universal moment when the car and driver become one. Good tires provide safety and driving comfort, even taking into consideration the driver’s habits and personality. This driving enjoyment derives from advanced technology and is the focal point of the satisfaction we deliver to all drivers.

Use the Hankook tire finder on the website to find the right tires for your vehicle. After putting in the information, you’re given the options that will work best for you and then you can find the tires at your preferred service location. We’re adventuring this summer with the Ventus S1 EVO 2 SUV tires and they’re getting quite the workout!

Use Plastic Storage Bins with Pull out Drawers | One of the best road trip tips that we have learned was to use drawers. You know, those plastic bins in the storage section of the local home-store? The Rubbermaid bins with drawers make it easy to find an extra change of clothes for the kids, diapers, wipes, sunscreen and even extra snacks. If you’re going on an extended road trip, and you don’t want to unpack everything into the hotel, every night – this is a genius way to keep track of the ‘stuff’.

Follow Along Maps | Ditch the ‘Are we there yet?’ and bring along a map for the kids to follow along. You can easily print a map of the road trip route online – and they can cross off destinations or follow the route, as you travel. If you’re feeling fancy, you can have the map laminated with an I-spy or Road trip Bingo printed on the back of the map.

Use Roadtrippers to Plan Your Trip| It’s a website that will help to plan your road trip route, without any of the research and work that usually comes along with it. You can find roadside attractions, places to stops, routes based on what you want to see and how long you want to take to get there – and even allows you to create a map and save it, to come back and work on your road trip route before it’s time to leave.

Plan Your Stops at Playgrounds | Research your stops before you get to your destination and find local playgrounds. They may be a bit more out of the way than a gas station on the route – but you’re going to thank me after the kids have spent the last half-hour running, jumping and burning off some of that energy that they’ve been building up sitting inside the car. Have the address of the playground already loaded into the navigation for an easy road trip, side step, and grab food to eat while you’re in the car – after they’ve wasted all that energy going up the slide stairs, just one more time.

Check back! We’ll share performance details and our full review after summer road trip season has ended and we’ve adventured to the destinations on our list of places to explore! This post has been brought to you a partnership between Edmonton Mama and Hankook Tires.




Lori is the mother of three young girls, passionate about exploring, experiencing and adventure. In between adventures, you’ll find her hanging out with her family, in the suburbs of Edmonton. Trying hard to be a winter-person, you’ll find her trying hard to get outside during the winter months, and barefoot, with the sand and grass between her toes during the summer months.