Road Trip Tips!
Do you daydream about driving along the beachy Atlantic coast, meandering through mountain paths, or cruising down a dusty desert road? Every corner of the United States offers something unique and beautiful, and a road trip is the perfect way to experience it all. When the chance for a road trip comes, don’t waste it! Gather your maps, your family, and hop into your trusty vehicle for a thrilling adventure.
Before You Go
- Plan your route. Even if you’re aiming for a spontaneous trip, have a general idea of where you want to go, and figure out the best routes beforehand. You don’t want to end up driving into a busy city right at rush hour, or on a steep, winding mountain trail if you really hate heights. By planning ahead, you’ll have a better idea of upcoming obstacles. Of course, though, you don’t have to stick to a super strict schedule. Factor in some extra time for anything fun that pops up along the way, like a local museum or a roadside diner.
- Get your car checked out. Make sure vital functions, like your brakes, are working perfectly, and bring your vehicle to a shop if any repairs are necessary. If there are any mechanical issues you’ve been meaning to fix, deal with them before you hit the road.
- Pack well. Organized bags to ensure maximum space and minimum weight. Keeping the car light will save on gas, plus it’ll make the car feel less cramped. Pack snacks to save money and stay healthy.
On The Road
- Oftentimes, road trips involve highway driving. Follow all speed limits and other regulations (and remember that they can change between cities, counties, or states!) and always drive safely. This includes wearing a seatbelt, staying alert, and not falling prey to the distractions of phones and other technology.
- Stay well rested. If you are driving long hours, or driving through the night, rotate drivers frequently. If only one person is able to drive, make sure they get plenty of sleep the night before, or pull over to a rest stop or other safe area for a brief rest when necessary.
- Keep kids entertained. While a road trip is a great way for kids to see the hidden treasures of their country, long hours in the car can lead to restlessness and whining. When you’re driving, a crying or fidgeting kid can be a huge distraction. Pack plenty of activities, like small games or coloring books, or pick CDs or audiobooks that everyone can enjoy.
- Keep an eye on the sky. On the road, the weather can change suddenly and dramatically. When you enter a new area, be aware of any strange weather you could encounter there, like tornadoes when traveling in the Midwest.
- Be prepared for an emergency. Have a fully stocked first aid kit at the ready. If you are using a GPS, be sure to carry relevant maps with you, in case you run out of power. For your vehicle, bring anything you might need, like a spare tire or extra engine fluid.
And most importantly . . . have a great time!
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