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Summertime means that it’s road trip season. For my family, those 98 days of summer combine the excitement of Christmas, New Years and the 4th of July all rolled into one.
We officially became road trip warriors awhile back when we embarked upon our epic 4,000-mile family vacation, which inspired me to start my blog Mommy’s Minivan Monologues.
We discovered the key to having a great road trip is having a safe dependable vehicle. Now that our minivan has clocked in over 150,000 miles, it’s more important than ever that we keep it running well for this summer’s travel adventures.
So when it’s time to get the van checked out and the oil changed, I look to the folks at my local Walmart Automotive Care Center to keep our car rolling.
In addition to a wide variety of services, the Walmart Automotive Care Center also offers oil changes and lube services using high-quality Pennzoil® products, which help clean out sludge that lesser oils leave behind. It also helps reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher-mileage engines like ours.
Yannick, the Walmart Automotive Care Center manager, suggested that I switch to Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil since my minivan has seen more than its fair share of road trips. This oil is especially designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles. Its mission is to keep engines running clean and going strong.
I was also delighted to learn that the Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle motor oil is featured on Rollback pricing. It’s regularly $39.88 now on Rollback to $35.88 from now until September 28. That means a little extra savings for our road trip kitty.
Knowing that I have my car properly serviced with high quality lube products from Pennzoil gives me peace of mind. The last thing I want to worry about is having avoidable car trouble on the road in some remote location. That’s why it’s important that I get everything properly checked out from a reliable source.
When I take my van to Walmart Automotive Care Center, I know that I’m getting my car checked out by trusted and professional attendants. Best of all, I’m going to save save time and money.
That lets us focus on the other fun aspects of our road trip.
While we dropped off the van for servicing, we decided to shop inside Walmart for everything else that we needed for the trip. This gave us a chance to grab a few road-worthy essentials and brainstorm ideas for in-car entertainment.
One of the best parts of preparing for our road trips is when my girls pack up their summer readers, books on tape and travel journals, then power up the old school portable DVD player and make their movie selections for the road.
Since we will be in the car for long jaunts, we’ve decided to try and set aside a reserved time for a Minivan Matinee to make watching the movie more of a special treat and help break up the ride.
What better way to enjoy a Minivan Matinee than to watch a few movie classics about actually going on a road trip?
Although there a lot of entertaining and hilarious road trip movies out there, not all of them may be suitable for younger audiences. So, I’ve divided up the list to include some of our family-fun favorites for kids of all ages, as well as a few my Mommy-Friendly picks.
Family-Friendly Road Trip Movie Picks
- Wizard of Oz
- The Muppet Movie
- Are We There Yet?
- Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
- College Road Trip
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- Thelma & Louise (it’s the film’s 25th anniversary)
- The Bucket List
- Wild Hogs Rain Man
- The Way
- The Guilt Trip
- Planes, Trains & Automobiles
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
- National Lampoon’s Family Vacation
Some of these titles we found in Walmart and others we had at home. And by the time we compiled our Minivan Matinee movie list, our car was ready to be picked up at the Walmart Automotive Care Center.
Now, we’re all ready with a list of great road trip-themed movie titles and a well-serviced car.
Even though our mature-model minivan has a lot of road experience, I can feel confident that it has been properly maintained for our next multi-state getaway.
Thanks to the service at Walmart Automotive Care Center using Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle motor oil, we’re road trip ready with tuned-up car car and lots of fun movies to keep our minivan rolling strong all summer long.
See how you can make your summer road trip a success and save time and money with a Pennzoil® oil change by finding your local Walmart Automotive Care Center here. You can also learn more at Pennzoil Facebook and Pennzoil YouTube.