More Americans than ever are taking road trips for vacations, family visits, or just a spur of the moment adventure. With airline customer safety in question, more and more Americans would rather drive than fly to their destination. Here are some tips to help you reduce the rigors of the road and enjoy the thrill of road trips.
- Clean your car before and during your trip –You’ll be sorry if you don’t. After a few days into your trip the couple of pieces of paper and wrappers will have turned into a huge pile of trash, which will make the passengers in the back seats less than thrilled. Take the time every day to throw out excess wrappers, papers, bottles etc… this will make the close quarter drive more bearable.
- Don’t have a set plan- One thing you can expect when taking a road trip are delays. Road work and/or traffic are usually inevitable. So having a loose plan will eliminate cancelling hotel reservations and reduce anxiety that you’re not exactly on schedule.
- Get off the highways – Unless you have a strict schedule (which is not recommended) steer clear of the highways. If you’re going to be “hitting the open road,” what better way to see the country than to take back roads to get the best views. Most US maps have indicators on whether a back road is an interesting and scenic one. However, as beautiful as back roads can be, make sure to have an escape plan if the slow-moving, winding roads get to be too much for some of the passengers.
- Make sure you have your documents and a clean record- If you decide to travel without current documentation of license, registration, or insurance you are going to be in a world of hurt if you get pulled over. You also want to make sure you clear up any traffic or parking tickets before you leave. If you get pulled over without these things taken care of, your car could be impounded, which would obviously ruin the road trip.
- Don’t wait until the last-minute to fill your gas tank- Gas prices rise around weekends and holidays. Don’t wait until the last-minute especially if a holiday is coming up. You will be paying a pretty penny to fill your tank up.
Other Gas Saving Tips
- Don’t use the AC the whole time
- Use a GPS device to see which route is the fastest to your destination
- Drive Smart- How you push the gas pedal and even how you pack your car will affect your gas mileage.
- Enjoy your trip- Take the time to enjoy the beauty of the open road. Admire the little towns that you drive through and the breathtaking scenery. Road Trips are an experience; all the little mishaps will seem trivial once you arrive at your destination.