Are you overdue for a nice, long, freewheeling road trip?
Are you overdue for a nice, long, freewheeling road trip? There’s no experience quite like hitting the open road for an adventure, traveling vast distances in your car with only a rough idea of where you want to end up and what you’ll do along the way. Some of the greatest travel experiences you’ll have can come from road trips and the unexpected people, places, and sights you’ll see. As exciting and magical as road trips can be, they also pose some unique challenges when things go wrong. You can end up lost or in trouble miles away from any major city, and dealing with problems in an unfamiliar area can be overwhelming. Don’t let this scare you out of taking a road trip, though. Instead, just take some extra time to plan and prepare and you can deal confidently with any mishaps. Here’s a few things you can do before and during your trip to make sure it’s a good one.
- Have roadside assistance at the ready
One great thing you can do is sign up for roadside assistance with a major auto club like AAA, or see if your insurance company offers it. This way, if your car breaks down, you can call them and have them take care of finding a reputable towing company and auto shop for you.
- Get your car serviced before you go
Of course, it’s better if your car doesn’t break down at all, so take it to your mechanic before you leave for your trip and have everything checked out: tires, fluids, belts, everything. There’s no guarantee you won’t get a flat or have a breakdown, but this can greatly reduce the chances of that happening.
- Clean up your car
Start your trip with a clean car and you’ll have more room and a much more comfortable environment to ride in. Throw out any accumulated trash every time you stop!
- Make sure the kids are taken care of
If you’re traveling with children, make sure they each have a bag of their favorite snacks, games, books, and whatever else they need to keep them happy and occupied while you’re on the road. Make sure they can access their stuff without having to ask the driver to take their eyes off the road to help them, and be sure that you have installed their car seats correctly before the trip starts.
- Consult your map ahead of time
Exploring back roads is all fine and good, but make sure you’ve looked ahead on your map to make sure you don’t get stuck or stranded anywhere you don’t want to be. Look for alternate routes and ways to get back to the main roads.
Keep these tips in mind and drive safely and you can have a fantastic road trip that you and all of your traveling companions will remember for a lifetime. There’s a beautiful country all around us, and it’s just waiting to be explored and appreciated.