When the world beyond Lewisville is calling for you, our dealership at Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville will help you get out there and explore. Whether you’re traveling a few hours to western Texas or planning to go all the way to the east or west coast, a Chevy vehicle will get you where you want to be. Below, you can learn about the best Chevy vehicles for your road trip and discover how to prepare your vehicle to travel hundreds or thousands of miles.
Best Chevy Pickup Trucks for Hauling Gear on a Road Trip
If you want to take your boat or other large items with you when you hit the road, you can enlist the help of a reliable Chevy pickup truck. The Chevy Colorado is one of our top choices for road trips in this category. With its available DuraMax 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel engine, the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds. Its capacity allows you to haul more behind you while still giving you plenty of space in its roomy interior.
The Chevy Silverado is another strong contender for a road trip pickup truck. It can tow up to 13,300 pounds, has a payload of 2,270 pounds, and comes with an off-road cut front bumper so that you can drive on backroads with ease.
Best Chevy SUVs for Several Passengers on a Road Trip
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If you want to bring some extra passengers along for the ride, Chevy has an impressive lineup of SUVs that are admirably suited for your road trip. The Chevy Equinox, for example, comfortably seats five people while offering plenty of cargo space in the back. You can also hook up racks to the roof and back of your vehicle to attach your kayaks and bicycles to take with you.
If you plan to bring some extra travelers in addition to your main crew, you may want something with even more seating room. The Chevy Traverse can seat up to seven or eight people, depending on whether you get the captain’s chairs or the bench for the middle row of the vehicle. This spacious SUV also comes with plenty of interior amenities, including storage compartments and modern infotainment features, to ensure all passengers remain comfortable and entertained throughout the trip.
Best Chevy Sedans for a Solo Road Trip
If you are planning on taking a solo road trip or are a minimalist traveler not wanting to bring along a ton of gear, you may not need anything as large as an SUV or pickup truck. In that case, Chevy has plenty of sedans that are ideal for a one-person road trip. The Chevy Cruze, for example, is a practical, compact vehicle that can get up to 37 miles per gallon on the highway.
With its cozy cabin, you can pick up a friend along the way and still have plenty of room to feel comfortable during your trip. If you want to eliminate your gas consumption altogether, you can consider getting the Chevy Bolt EV. As long as your charging stations are mapped out appropriately, you can save a significant amount of money on gas and lower your carbon footprint.
How To Prepare Your Vehicle for a Road Trip
Here are some valuable tips to follow when preparing your Chevy vehicle for a road trip:
Check Your Tires’ Condition
Keep an eye out for any sidewall bulges, gouges, or cuts. Be sure to look for any nails or protruding objects you may have overlooked before. Replace any tires with these imperfections so you don’t have to worry about getting a flat on your road trip.
Make a point of looking at the tread on all four tires. You can do this by placing a quarter upside-down into one of your tire’s grooves. If the top of George Washington’s head is visible, it’s time for a new tire. Repeat this process on all four tires.
Check your tire pressure to ensure each tire is inflated to the pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Don’t exceed the recommended pressure in an attempt to “fill up,” as excessive pressure can increase the risk of a tire blowout.
Listen to Your Brakes
Take a few minutes to listen to and feel your brakes. Make sure there isn’t a grinding sound when you apply your brakes. You should also check if you feel a strange vibration when applying the brakes. You can take your vehicle to our service center at Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville if you notice anything out of the ordinary. We’ll test your brakes and let you know if they need replacing so that you can have entire peace of mind throughout your next road trip.
Check Your Battery
The battery is what provides your Chevy vehicle’s starting power. Before you leave for a long road trip, you may want to secure all your battery’s connections and hardware. You can also test the battery’s voltage using an at-home multimeter.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
Depending on the time of year, you may encounter heavy rainstorms or snowstorms over the course of your road trip. You can minimize any issues by replacing your windshield wipers before you leave to ensure you have optimal visibility. New windshield wipers won’t leave obstructive smudges and streaks in their path, so you’ll be able to see the road ahead of you clearly. New wipers also have fresh rubber that will help protect your windshield against scratches.
Replenish Relevant Fluids
Your vehicle uses several kinds of fluids to operate safely. For example, it needs coolant, engine oil, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Confirm that all these vehicle fluids are at optimal levels before heading off to minimize damage to your vehicle’s engine and other essential components.
If you need help with any of the items on this checklist, feel free to contact us today. You can also visit our dealership to browse our inventory of Chevy vehicles or to ask questions regarding vehicle specials, maintenance, and financing.