Ever since the adventurous pioneers crossed our country in covered wagons, road trips have been a great American tradition. Whether you are planning a late summer get-away or delivering your freshman to college this fall, these 7 Road Trip Tips will help you to enjoy your travel and make some lasting memories along the way.
- Prepare for Your Trip: Check-Up & Clean Up!
Whether you do it yourself or go to a garage, pre-trip auto maintenance is key to comfortable cruising. Check the wiper blades, all fluid levels (oil, water, etc.), belt and hose connections, tire pressure, turn signals, horn, headlights and your spare tire. Exactly how prepared you want to be as far as your in-car tool kit is up to you, but a few items are essential: cell phone charger, flashlight, batteries, bottled water, a tire iron, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, first-aid kit and reflectors/flares. We also like to have easy to eat non-perishable snacks tucked away for an emergency— such as dried fruit, nuts, protein and / or granola bars. Clean up and remove anything extraneous from your car before setting out. And finally, don’t forget to bring a spare car key—because you just never know when you’ll need it!
- License and Registration Please…
Be sure to have current documentation of license, registration and insurance in order and with you. Also remind your travel companions to pack their licenses if you plan to share the driving.
- Help On The Way
Join a roadside rescue service, there is nothing like the peace of mind a 24-hour 800-number can bring when traveling. There are also numerous road trip apps to assist you with everything from navigation to locating gasoline stations with best prices, places to eat, parking and much more. Simply search “road trip” in the Google Play or App Store.
- Have A Plan, But Leave Time for the Unknown
It is smart to decide in advance which city you will sleep in each night and to plan your driving time for eight hours a day or less. That said, be sure to allow time for delays and last-minute detours—intentional or otherwise. You may want to extend your lunch break in an interesting place or to stop for the night a bit early to enjoy the sunset from a new vista.
- Take A Scenic Route
Unless you have a very strict schedule, you won’t see much along the way if you stick to the interstates. Most U.S. road maps have some indicator of whether a “back road” is an interesting scenic route. If you dare to wander a bit, you may be rewarded with stunning views and get a real feeling for regional life throughout America. Engage with residents, ask them where to eat to enjoy the local flavors rather than typical rest-stop fast food fare.
- Anticipate Traffic
Avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time– like trying to get to “the Shore” or “the Mountain” from a metro-hub on Friday afternoon or into “the City” on a weekday morning at rush hour.
- Know Your Traveling Companions
Some folks are good at navigating and others, well… are not. Ask what really matters to your traveling companions; divvying up tasks that play to each persons strengths will help to keep everyone happy.
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