Last Chance for a Summer Road Trip from Evansville

Summer Road Trip
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It’s hard to believe or accept, but summer is nearly drawing to a close, which means you’ve got one last chance for a summer road trip. Living here in Evansville gives us plenty of unique opportunities for short road trips, placing us in close proximity to things not just here in Indiana but also in Kentucky and in Illinois, as well as Ohio and Tennessee.

Here are just a few summer road trip ideas, courtesy of us at Evansville Kia:

Nashville, Tennessee

 Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Evansville, Nashville (also known as Music City) is the perfect place to get some great drinks and listen to music or explore some culture, like at the Parthenon. Nashville is also situated next to Percy Priest Lake if you want to spend your weekend hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

Mammoth Cave

Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave is just over two hours from Evansville and offers a unique chance to explore underground Kentucky up close and personal. While around the cave, you can enjoy a number of unique experiences, such as golf, horseback riding, and camping.

Holiday World, Kings Island & Cedar Point

 If you like amusement parks, you’re in a good spot. It’s just an hour drive to Holiday World, a three-and-a-half-hour drive to Kings Island, and a seven-hour drive to Cedar Point. While the last drive sounds outrageously long, Cedar Point is recognized as one of the world’s best amusement parks and is well worth the trip.

Chicago, Illinois

Take a five-hour trip up to the Windy City to explore fine dining, shopping, museums, and more. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch the Cubs hot off their winning streak at Wrigley Field.

Where do you plan to explore this summer? More importantly, what vehicle will you be taking on your road trip?  Tell all of us at Evansville Kia in Evansville, IN in the comments below!

Get Your Car Ready for Summer with These Tips

Summer is rolling around and with the warm weather comes a perfect excuse to roll the car out of the garage and do a bit of maintenance. Before you head on that beautiful sunlit trip you’ve been planning, make sure to get your car ready for summer with the tips below!

Check tires and tire pressure

First thing first: if you are still using winter tires, swap them out for all-season or summer tires right away. Secondly, check the wear using the tried-and-true penny test. Finally, check the tire pressure. These significantly affect handling and wear and only the correct pressure will give you optimal performance.

Check the air conditioning system

There’s nothing worse than having a car that won’t cool down in the summer. Run the A/C for a bit to see that it still blows cold, while checking for unusual odors or noises.

Check the coolant

If there is anything worse than the above, it has to be an overheating engine. Coolant should be changed at least once a year and there’s possibly no better time to do it than right before the summer.

Clean the car

Grime from melted snow and road salt make winters particularly harsh on a car, and not just the exterior, but everything from the engine to the brake lines. Thoroughly wash your car on a sunny weekend to minimize the damage, or take it to a car wash to get a detail.