5 Tips For Road Trips Across The Country
Face it. We live in an age where time is money. People want to take the quickest option to get from one place to another, and many may think road trips are just a thing of the past. However, you couldn’t be more wrong. Although the headed out ‘just because’ option has declined over the years, there are still plenty of reasons people take to the road to get to their destination. So whether you’re headed to visit family, going on vacation, or just setting out to see the sites; remember these five important tips before you hit the road.
Refill Your Car When It Hits the Halfway Mark
This may seem overzealous. However, there are plenty of areas within the US that contain nothing (or have lots of ‘No Service’ signs). You can avoid having issues by keeping your car fueled with at least half a tank.
Plan Your Route
Pit-stops, hotels you plan to stay at, trip routes, food budget; plan out everything you can in advance for road trips. This will help you to avoid overspending on your trip, and from having to shell out extra cash for a room to stay at.
Pick and Choose the Must See Versus the I Can Pass It Up
It is impossible to expect to see every single city or attraction from one destination to another in a typical cross country trip. There just isn’t enough time. Not to mention, you may not have the energy to see everything. Make a list of everything you want to see on your trip, and then decide what you can and cannot live without.
Keep a Survival Kit in the Car
ALWAYS keep an emergency kit in your car on road trips. Make sure to include everything you need for both: car or personal injury care. Essentials include: tire iron, car jack, spare tire, tire patch kit, road flares, a flashlight, map or atlas, sunglasses, credit card, emergency cash, camera, blankets, extra batteries, and a first aid kit. (Make sure to include any special items you may need like an EPI pen.) You never know what can happen when you’re traveling, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Take Plenty of Breaks
Pull over every couple hours during road trips. This will allow you time to use the bathroom, get something eat, enjoy some fresh air, stretch your legs, and if needed, take a nap. Remember you need to be alert. Otherwise, you can end up in a situation you don’t want to be in.