Looking to get in one last big road trip before summer leaves us? The team at Wellesley Mazda put our heads together to collect some top tips for long-distance drives out of Massachusetts.

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Take breaks: just because you don't feel tired or distracted doesn't mean that you aren't; be sure to take a break every few hours or few hundred miles to get out of the car and walk around. Stretch your muscles, get your heart rate up with some jumping jacks, and grab a snack. If you feel tired after your break, it's time to find somewhere to rest up.

Share the road and respect other motorists: while it's tempting to throw the reins away on your Mazda3, Mazda CX-5, or Mazda MX-5 Miata when you hit the highway, it's still important to keep other drivers in mind. Give motorcyclists a wide berth for safety, and only pass big commercial trucks when you have plenty of room to get around--and still be seen.

Plan ahead: playing it fast and loose seems like fun, but having a travel plan in mind--as well as a first aid kit or breakdown emergency kit in the car--removes a lot of the stress and worry of a long drive.

One last check-up: it's always a good idea to get your vehicle looked at before you hit the road for a big trip; whether your new car needs a fluid top-off, or your older model needs a whole new belt, the technicians in our service center can make sure that your vehicle is in good shape before you leave.

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