Going on a road trip with friends or family can be an adventurous, rewarding experience. However, problems can arise when travelers only allow themselves a limited amount of time to consider all potential hazards, in addition to the things needed for the long drive. The goal is to have fun but also to remain safe and prepared. Whether it’s forgoing the use of a map or neglecting to keep a car kit on hand for emergencies, these are the five things to avoid when going on a road trip.
First off, resist the urge to drive without a plan or a map. Sometimes, road trips can be spontaneous, an impulsive decision to hit the road to see where the journey leads. While this may seem like a fun idea, it would likely lead to the group getting lost. Wasted gas, driving around in circles and fatigue may also result. Travelers must have a general sense of where they want to go. Having a map or GPS would help the group plan the route, even if it’s done offhand as they go.
Next, travelers should avoid driving under the influence for their sake and for the sake of others on the shared road. Alcohol may help the bonding experience during the long drive but it also poses a risk to everyone’s safety in and out of the car. Having a designated driver should be the highest priority if the group plans to indulge in alcohol or any other recreational substances that may impair a person’s ability to drive. The consequences of drinking and driving go beyond the need for SR-22 quotes you can find online. Every hour, at least one person is killed in a drunk-driving accident in America. If a traveler isn’t sober, then they shouldn’t be driving at all.
Third, the driver should avoid forgetting the emergency car kit. The risk of car problems is higher than usual during a long drive. A flat tire or a dead engine could leave travelers stranded on the side of a road, waiting for a Good Samaritan to stop and offer help. Car troubles could even mark the end of a road trip, which is why it is important to keep a spare tire and jumper cables in the trunk. It would also be wise to have the phone number of roadside service in case the damage to the car is extensive.
Not packing enough snacks is another thing to avoid on a road trip. Travelers are bound to grow hungry after spending hours in a car. Sure, they could make stops at convenience stores for food items though the bill would definitely rack up. Packing food from home would definitely help save money in the long-run–money that could go towards unavoidable road trip expenses such as gas and motels.
The last thing to avoid on a road trip is driving at night (unless it’s absolutely necessary). Driving for hours is an exhausting task, even when done in rotation with traveling companions. It is best to rest during the evening, whether it’s camping in the car for the night or at a motel, so that everyone in the group is refreshed when daylight comes around.
In the end, it’s important to plan some parts of a road trip. Travelers should be aware of the necessities as well as the troubles that may come during their time on the road. Safety is paramount, though fun and spontaneity are a close second.