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4 Tips for a Successful Road Trip

If you can afford to take your time traveling from one destination to another, you may want to consider organizing a road trip. For many road warriors, this mode of travel truly epitomizes the idea of “it’s not the destination, but the journey that matters.” In the US, many road trip enthusiasts enjoy the idea of being in a car by themselves or with friends for long periods of time taking in the open road. In other parts of the world, traveling by car may just be the most practical or affordable mode of transportation. No matter where your intentions lie on this spectrum, there are some helpful tips to help make your next road trip successful.

Prepare before you start driving

First and foremost, you want to make sure that you have a vehicle that is in good operating condition and can accommodate your needs, those of your passengers, and your luggage or other supplies. You should also have your destination and routes figured out beforehand and always stay mindful of weather conditions that could alter those plans. For example, driving through the Rocky Mountain Range is not something you want to take on during winter with frequent snow storms and undesirable road conditions. Also make sure you’ve properly loaded up your vehicle with enough supplies and luggage to support your trip and that important items such as driver’s license, money for tolls, and other documents are easily accessible.

Stay smart on the roads

No matter where you are driving, make sure you obey all local traffic laws and guidelines. For longer trips, make sure to stop every couple of hours and stretch or use the restroom. Remember to stay calm and be patient; if you’re in no rush to get to your destination then it’s better to arrive late than never. Be polite to other drivers, especially long haul truck drivers. If you’re towing a trailer and notice many cars waiting behind you, be considerate by pulling over and letting the faster traffic pass you. In general, do everything in your power to keep yourself, your passengers, and your vehicle safe.

Keep it entertaining

When you drive through major cities and metropolitan areas, it’s exciting to catch a glimpse of famous landmarks and buildings that you can easily see from the road. But when you are driving through more rural areas, you’ll want to keep yourself or your passengers entertained. This can include playing the radio or using a digital music player to get the car singing along to your favorite songs. You can play games incorporating license plates of other cars and start a classic game of “I Spy.” Whatever you preferred method is to avoiding boredom, make sure you come prepared for those extra long car trips.

If you break down, don’t have a melt down

While you should maintain your vehicle in proper working order at all times, there may be some situations which you cannot predict that cause your vehicle to break down on the road. If this happens, try to stay calm and keep yourself safe. If possible, pull over to the shoulder of the road and stay out of the way of moving traffic. Turn on your hazard lights or deploy a warning triangle to let other drivers know that you have a disabled vehicle. If you can remedy the situation on your own, say in the case of a flat tire, go ahead and do so or you can call for help. It’s almost always very inconvenient to break down during your road trip, but keeping a cool head will help you get through the situation a little easier so you can safely get back out on the road.
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