Five Fun One-Tank Day Trip ideas from The Villages.

The Villages, FL | Plaza Lincoln
The Villages, FL | Plaza Lincoln By Ebyabe  

Road Trip time!

There are not many towns in America with access to the more natural beauty and good old delightful fun than right here in The Villages. Within 100 miles from our neck of the woods, you can travel north past Gainesville, south to Lakeland, east to the Atlantic, or west to the Gulf. The average vehicle can get about 250 miles on a single tank of gas — that means there is a whole lot of adventuring you could be doing with just one fill up! Check out this list of one-tank day trip ideas.

In fact, here are some of our favorite one-tank day trips from The Villages:

  1. Go to Crystal River to swim and snorkel with the Manatees.
  2. Stop by the Speedway at Daytona Beach.
  3. Explore the culture of Gainesville, home of the University of Florida, with plenty of museums, shops, restaurants, and nightlife.
  4. Be awed by the real-life mermaid performers of Weeki Wachee Springs in Spring Hill.
  5. Discover the history of Old Florida in Tavares, the “Seaplane City” of America.

Disclaimer: if you attempt these one-tank road trips in a new Lincoln from Plaza Lincoln, you just might not want to stop driving! Lincoln vehicles are unparalleled in comfort, safety, and driving convenience — the perfect road-trip companion. Stop by to Plaza Lincoln today to see our impressive stock of new Lincoln vehicles and test drive your favorite.

Safe Driving Tips for Families

safe driving tips for families

Hitting the road with your family in tow is an ideal way to create some fun-filled memories that the kids will never forget. Here are some safe driving tips for families from us here at Plaza Lincoln of Leesburg.

Prevent Fatigue

Getting plenty of sleep the night before a trip is crucial to prevent fatigue. Struggling to stay awake behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. Pull over or switch drivers whenever necessary.

Monitor Cellphone Use

Different states have different laws that pertain to cellphone use behind the wheel. Most officers won’t accept ignorance as an excuse for talking on the phone while driving. Monitor your cellphone use, as well as the use of anyone taking over driving duties for a few hours. The last thing any driver wants is a ticket for something that could have been easily avoided.

Check the Forecast

Knowing what lies ahead isn’t limited to real-time traffic information. Checking the weather forecast prior to leaving will give you an idea of what you might run into on the road. Make sure to check the local forecast as well, as the forecast of any areas you may be driving through. Doing so could save you from getting blindsided by inclement weather.

Car Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

Preparing for a road trip with your whole family? Here’s a quick car maintenance checklist to help you figure out what you need to do ahead of time.

Oil

This is crucial to the life of your engine and to keep the mechanical parts lubricated. Have your oil and oil filter changed before a long trip.

Other fluids

Brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and wiper fluid should be checked, replaced, or topped off ahead of time.

Hoses and belts

Make sure there are no cracks, holes, or tears in the hoses and belts of your engine; a broken belt could ruin a road trip halfway through the journey.

Tire pressure and tread

An improperly inflated tire can reduce your fuel economy and be more prone to popping on the road. Make sure your tires have plenty of traction as well.

Brakes

It’s not safe to drive to the beach and back without properly functioning brakes.

Battery

You don’t want to end up on the side of the road because your car battery died, so have its battery life checked ahead of time.

If you need any help servicing your vehicle ahead of a road trip, then bring your car to Plaza Lincoln. We can go over the car maintenance checklist with you and help inspect whatever it is that you need inspected.

Travel Tips for Winter

Hitting the road for a winter vacation somewhere warm can be a satisfying adventure, but the roads could have other plans. Winter roads are often the cause of skidding, accidents, and breakdowns. Fortunately, you can avoid many of the road hazards that winter weather brings. Here are a few helpful travel tips for winter provided by us here at Plaza Lincoln.

  • Slow Down – Driving over the speed limit on roads known for being slick is incredibly dangerous and could lead to loss of control or an accident. Make sure to leave plenty of space, and avoid using cruise control. Hitting the brakes can cause a loss of control, so while cruise control is great for dry roads, do your best to come to a slow stop during winter weather.
  • Emergency Kit – You never know when disaster will strike, which is why an emergency kit is always handy. Keeping a box of medical supplies, like bandages, food, water, and extra clothes can go a long way when waiting for help to arrive. While roadside assistance is just a phone call away, it could take hours for help to arrive depending on the weather.
  • Four-Wheel Drive – Modern four-wheel drive systems are designed to get the vehicle moving. While you may be able to gain traction and speed quickly, keep in mind that you have to come to a stop eventually.