For many of us, the holidays are synonymous with family road trips and potlucks with friends. And sometimes, it can seem crowded, especially in the cargo area of your vehicle! But did you know you could seemingly be lacking in space because you didn’t load items correctly?
If you’re looking to make more room in your trunk for luggage, food, or anything else you might need for your next road trip, your friends at Toyota of Orlando are here to give you some tips on how to pack a car.
How to effectively pack a car:
Step 1: Review the payload capacity in your vehicle.
It’s very important that you don’t overload your car or sports utility vehicle, as exceeding payload capacity in an SUV increases its chances of a rollover. So how are you supposed to know how much payload you can afford to carry? An easy, and Toyota of Orlando recommended way is by checking your owner’s manual.
While you are at it, we also advise you inspect your tires and tire pressure. Note that your vehicle may require different tire pressures for heavy loads. If you’re not sure, bring your car over to Toyota of Orlando for tire service before the big trip.
Step 2: Load the heavy items first.
Load weighty items on the floor first to keep smaller items from being damaged. And make sure your heaviest cargo is as far toward the center of the vehicle as possible, so as to keep the center of gravity lower.
Step 3: Pack essential and lighter items on top.
Once that is done, continue stacking items in terms of weight. Have essential items handy as well, such as phone charger and a map. But, don’t pack anything in the back of the car that you know you may need early on. And items such as your vehicle registration and proof of insurance should be on hand.
Another Orlando Toyota safety tips for packing a car is that you have your roadside emergency kit is readily available, too – it pays to be prepared!
Step 4: Verify your rear view.
If you have plenty of cargo, you’ll want to make sure you don’t stack them too high as to impair your rear view. Ideally, you want to be able to see out of your rear windshield. Sit in the driver’s seat after you’ve packed to be sure!
Toyota of Orlando has fun road trip advice:
Traveling with kids? If so, you’re in luck! Your friends at Toyota of Orlando don’t just have tips for properly packing a car; we also have suggestions for entertaining your little ones on your journey:
- Dry erase backseat art – All you need are some dry erase markers and old winter gloves. The backseat windows make great canvases!
- A game of 20 questions – Think of a person place or thing. Everyone takes turns asking a yes or no question until someone guesses what you’re thinking of. Everybody gets in on the fun!
- Technology – Bring a tablet and some headphones so your kids can watch TV shows until they fall asleep!
And remember, before you head out on your holiday journey, stop by Toyota of Orlando to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for travel!