Going on a road trip? It doesn’t matter whether it’s a short journey (2-3 hours) or a long one (over 12 hours), there are some steps you can take to ensure you get the most out of it. For maximum enjoyment, there are some things you will have to take into consideration even before you leave the house.
Road worthiness of Your Car
Before embarking on a trip, it is important to take your car in for a checkup. The mechanic will inspect various aspects of the car including brakes, tires, the wipers, car battery, and so forth to ensure that they are working properly. The purpose of this is to avoid unnecessary breakdowns which can definitely put a damper on your road trip.
Get Plenty of Rest
If your trip is especially long, get a nice long rest before setting out and also make sure you take plenty of breaks along the way. Getting out to stretch your tired limbs or get a lungful of fresh air will be very beneficial. You can also time your breaks to coincide with places where you can take in the scenery or to stock up on supplies. Resting and taking breaks will help keep you alert and focused while you drive.
Getting Ready To Leave
Its good practice, when you have luggage, to pack everything up to two days before leaving. Running around on the morning you are supposed to leave will cause delays in your departure. Also, cramming everything into your bag in a last minute rush will ensure that you forget to pack some things. Don’t forget to include a little “carry on” bag that you will keep with you containing the essentials or necessities.
Stock Up On Snacks and Water
If you are traveling in a group, the hungrier you and your passengers are the grumpier everyone is likely to be. There may also be some unexpected delays on the road such as construction which will increase the total time it takes you to arrive, making everyone hungrier. With children especially, it seems as though they are always hungry and keeping their hands busy with food can serve as a clever distraction to mischief in the backseat.
You will have to decide when to leave and when the road trip is long, leaving even at 4 or 5 am might not be such a bad idea. Leaving early seems better than leaving later in the day which may necessitate you driving in the pitch dark which might not be safe.
The rules of the road are there for everyone’s well being. Driving is a privilege that can be taken away from those who don’t conform to these rules. When driving, apply for provisional maintain a safe distance between you and the car ahead. On a clear day, you might consider leaving a two car gap. If the weather is bad (either due to ice or snow), you might have to increase this distance because of the additional stopping time you will need. Holding back will increase your options in case something goes wrong ahead or even behind you.