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It’s so easy to hop on a plane these days that many people have forgotten about the road trip option. However, with the rise of COVID-19, many people are hesitant to fly, and driving has once again become the preferred mode of transportation. If you’re planning a family vacation or a solo road trip, you might be wondering how you can make it go as smoothly as possible, especially if you’ve never driven like this before. Check out these things to keep in mind when planning a road trip to ensure you don’t forget anything!
Plan and pack entertainment
When you take a break on the road, whether it’s because someone else is driving or because you’ve pulled over, you’ll want to keep yourself entertained. You’ll want to do something else to divert your attention after seeing miles and miles of road. You can keep yourself occupied by downloading games and apps to your phone or tablet. If you’re traveling with kids, bring plenty of puzzles, crayons, mentally stimulating toys, and even a portable DVD player and DVDs. You’ll thank yourself for the peace and quiet!
Know your route…and any possible diversions
We’ve all been there: we’ve promised ourselves we’ll know where we’re going, only to get lost on a desolate road in the middle of nowhere. If you have trouble reading maps, you can use an app on your phone to guide you to your destination. The beauty of satellite navigation apps is that they can also show you the quickest and most enjoyable route. Get to know the roads so that if there’s a driver not paying attention or a dangerous corner you can avoid an accident.
Why not, on the other hand, make the road trip more exciting? Find some interesting places to visit along the way to make the journey more enjoyable! If you’re traveling with kids, this is a fantastic tip.
Get to know your car and it’s warning signs
You don’t need to be a mechanic to figure out something is wrong with your car. Cars can break down at any time, and you may not be able to repair the problem yourself. Understanding your vehicle and its warning signs can help you avoid a more expensive repair. For that extra peace of mind, have your car serviced before leaving on your road trip.
Let your loved ones know where you are
We’ve all heard horror stories about people packing their belongings and heading out on a road trip, only to have unspeakable things happen to them along the way. Keep your loved ones up to date on your whereabouts, especially if you’re traveling alone. If something goes wrong with the car or worse, a simple text could help locate you. The great thing about smartphones is that you can sync them with your loved ones, and your phone will usually provide your exact location if it’s turned on.
Finally, the last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere on a fantastic road trip. Having a breakdown number from your car insurance on your phone will save you the trouble of having to find a place with Wifi to look up a number.