Healthy Snacks to Pack for Your Family’s Road Trip

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For many families, summertime is packed with family road trips to visit friends and family and tour new destinations. One road trip staple is a good supply of snacks. While it can be tempting to grab bags of chips and candy, healthy snacks can leave you feeling better once you reach your destination.


Here are some great healthy road trip snack options.


Cheese and crackers


This snack time classic is a great option for the car. Cheese is easy to pack into a cooler and it offers lots of protein to keep you feeling full longer. Try healthier cracker options, like seedy crackers that come with more fiber.


Dried fruit


When the sweet cravings hit, munch on some dried fruit instead of a bag of candy. Dried fruit is non-perishable making it a good choice if you can’t take a cooler. It also comes packed with vitamins and flavors.


Energy bites


If you want to make your own snacks ahead of time, consider making energy bites. These portable snacks are full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. There are a variety of recipes to choose from, however, we think these Tahini Maple Oat Bites sound particularly delicious.


Popcorn


Pop some popcorn ahead of time or buy some pre-popped bags. Popcorn is a whole-grain snack that is healthier than many people realize. You can sprinkle on your favorite seasonings for added flavor.


Make sure you schedule a maintenance check at Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas, before you hit the road.

Safety Tips for Driving with Your Dog

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Chevrolet vehicles do a great job of providing a comfortable, roomy environment for your dog as well as your human loved ones. To maximize everyone’s safety as well, here are some tips to follow whenever you hit the road with your furry buddy.

Don’t let pets ride unrestrained

Whether you’re taking a short trip or a long drive, it’s safer for everyone if your dog rides with proper restraints instead of roaming the cabin. Depending on your canine’s size, you can choose a secured crate, a strapped-in pet carrier, or a harness with a pet seat belt. It’s also best for your dog to stay in the back seat or cargo hold and keep its head inside the window.

Keep your pup comfortable

Make sure your vehicle provides a comfortable, calm environment for your dog. A soft blanket, seat cover, or floor mat is sure to help. Bring food, water, meds, a leash, a waste scoop, and toys as well. Monitor the cabin temperature to make sure your pup doesn’t get too hot or cold. And make regular stops for stretching and bathroom breaks, too.

Help your dog acclimate to riding

Before tackling a longer trip, get your dog used to riding in a vehicle by going on shorter drives. If your furry friend has any car-related issues, it’s better to discover these ahead of time instead of at the beginning of a long road trip.

For more information on driving with a dog, or for help installing any pet safety accessories, contact our team here at Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas.

3 Road Trip Planning Mistakes to Avoid

3 Road Trip Planning Mistakes to Avoid | Garland, TX

Road trips are one of the best parts of spring and summer. It’s a way to spend time with family and friends, see new sights, and have new experiences all at once. But when planning their road trip, people tend to fall into the same traps over and over again. These are the road trip planning mistakes you want to avoid.

Planning too much

That’s right — when you plan, try not to plan too much. Out of fear of missing out or not making the most of the trip, it can be tempting to try to fill every bit of time with something to do. But you’ll have a better time if you leave room for unscheduled stops and deviations. Those tend to be the most memorable ones in the end.

Forgetting to download content

If you plan on using digital maps, video content, and music playlists to enhance your trip, consider downloading them ahead of time. It can save you a lot of data during the trip and prevent any issues if you end up in an area without cell service.

Not getting a tune-up

There’s no worse mistake to make before going on a road trip than avoiding the much shorter trip to the dealership for a tune-up. Visit Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas, so that our certified technicians can help ensure your ride is in good condition and doesn’t break down on your trip!