Road trips are as much a part of summer as ice cream cones and miniature golf – and in some places visiting the boardwalk or boating at the lake.

In fact, nearly two-thirds of Americans planning a trip this year will be driving, AAA estimates.

But planning ahead for your road trip can make a big difference in whether you merely endure hours in a crowded vehicle and suffer in the hotter temperatures your likely to encounter along the way or actually enjoy the ride and arrive at your destination with a sunny disposition.

To help with your road trip planning, we’ve put together an infographic, “Summer Road Trip – A dozen great ways to prepare for an automobile adventure,” that captures some of the best advice available on ensuring that your summer road trip doesn’t turn into an ordeal.

With a little preparation, you can leave the stress at home and enjoy your summer road trip (or trips), whichever direction you’re traveling.