Road trips are fun. Many people go on road trips every year, either by themselves or with friends or/and family. The open road looks beautiful, especially if good company is involved. Read this list o’ 5 to keep in mind 5 things before embarking on your road trip.
- Absolutely WANT it: Road trips may not be all rosy, so for people accustomed to having comfort around them at all times may not enjoy road trips much. Basic amenities (toilets, restaurants, fuel stations, etc) are miles apart sometimes, and if someone is not ready to endure some harsh moments in the absence of basic amenities, then one shouldn’t go on a road trip;
- Get confirmation about who will be joining: If you aren’t going to be travelling alone, it is better to know who will be joining you. This is important because road trips usually are long stretches of time with people in the same car. So if you are not comfortable with someone, things may get a little awkward. Also, make sure those who intend to partake absolutely WANT it (read point 1);
- Get a good idea about your route: If it is not an impromptu road trip, then getting a good idea about the route is recommended. You do not want any surprises during your trip. Bad weather may have hit the parts you were intending to visit because of which fallen trees are now acting as roadblocks on major highways, or there’s extensive construction work going on to extend the highway, etc., so it is recommended to know about your route. You can do this by simple online searches that have live traffic/route updates. Many GPS devices too support live traffic/route updates, so if you have one of those, look up your route to ensure it shall be a smooth ride;
- Get the car checked for your road trip: Many garages/mechanics have pre-road trip checks for cars as standard offerings these days. If your local garage/mechanic does not have that, ask him to check your car for any faults/issues. Tell them you plan to go on a road trip, and give him the specifics (type of weather you will be facing, approximate number of miles you intend to drive, etc). Getting the car cleaned from the inside shall also help out greatly, because any foul smells lingering in the car will be picked up instantly by those who don’t use your car often (you would have gotten used to any foul smell from the car because of frequent usage). Also, make sure you have a spare tyre with appropriate air filled;
- Decide on turns that all passengers shall take to drive the car: If you have company for your road trip, make sure you take turns behind the wheel. Do not be the only person driving for the entire journey on the road trip. This is because you will be extremely tired, which shall lead to bad driving and sleeping from exhaustion once you reach your destination (and missing out on the fun that your friends may have). If you are travelling by yourself, then ensure you take adequate rest often to avoid driving fatigue.
Drive safe, and thank you for reading!