Whether you are traveling alone or with a group of friends or family, road trips can be long and require a lot of preparation. As the good weather season approaches, there are more and more reasons to go on a road trip. Here are just a few pointers to follow when going on a road trip!
Save up your money
If you are planning to go on a long road trip, it is important to save up as much money as possible. You will need to spend money on gas, food, and any other extra necessities that may come up along the way. Saving extra money will also allow you to have money in case anything goes wrong along the way.
Have a safe and reliable car
It is important to take a car that you know is safe and will make it the long distance. You don't want your car to break down in a town in the middle of nowhere. Keep in mind what car you plan on driving because if you don't you may end up in trouble in an area you are unfamiliar with.
Get your car checked/cleaned before leaving
You don't want to take a car that is messy, or needs to be fixed before heading out for a 15 hour drive. It is uncomfortable and not safe to drive when your car is not prepared for the trip!
Be sure you packed all the essentials
Before you leave, you should make sure that everything you need for your drive and your destination is packed and ready to go. It is important that you do not forget anything because, 12 hours into a 15 hour road trip, there is no turning back.
Make a music playlist
One of the best ways to make a long road trip go by quicker is by creating a music playlist before leaving. Music can make the time fly and listening to your favorite tunes will help lighten the mood in the car!
Keep snacks at close reach
No matter how far you are driving, you are most likely going to need to take a snack and water break. You have to make sure that you are staying hydrated and keeping your stomach satisfied. If not, you may feel drowsy or unaware of what is going on.
Follow GPS/Map closely
If you don't want to get lost and you want to find a direct route, you should follow your map or GPS very closely. If you get lost, at least you can have the map/GPS to reroute you and get you back in the direction you are headed.
Set a limit to how many hours each person can drive
By setting a limit to how many hours each person will drive, it will make it easier for everyone to get enough rest in between driving sessions. One person should not be driving 12 hours while the other drives three, that is not fair and also dangerous because the driver may get tired or become unfocused on the road.