5 Tips for the perfect road trip
When there’s an opportunity to travel, many of us are planning for that special vacation. While there are many modes of transportation to choose from, there is nothing more exciting than taking a road trip. The great thing about a road trip is that you can stop whenever you want to, whether it is for food, using the restroom or taking in the beautiful views along the way. Here are a few tips to make your road trip fun, exciting and memorable.
Plan your route before you head out
Learn the layout of the region that you plan on traveling through. Google the region and make notes of the scenery, towns, and attractions that you’ll come to along the way. Be sure to purchase an updated road map and a good guidebook covering the region that you’ll be traveling through.
Prepare your vehicle for the trip
If you plan on driving your own vehicle, it’s best to have the oil changed, wipers checked, and have enough coolant in the radiator. Have your tires checked for proper treading, tire pressure and make sure you have a good spare. If you don’t have roadside assistance, it’s a good idea to purchase some.
Don’t leave home without a GPS
Make sure that your GPS is updated with the latest maps. Alternatively, you may also download mobile apps like WAZE or Google Maps. Check for any road construction and detours along your route, you’ll thank yourself later of having avoided possible delays. Plan ahead for restaurants and gas stations offering the best deals. Knowing ahead of time where to stop will save you from frustration and anxiety.
Get off the Interstate and take the back road
The great thing about a road trip is that you can escape the hassle of everyday life. You never know what lies around the next bend. Here is your chance to explore charming old towns, landmarks and beautiful scenery that you might not have known existed if you had taken the Interstate. Don’t forget to sample the food or specialty served at one of the local restaurants. Taking the backroad is an adventure in itself.
Better safe than sorry
There are times on a trip when the scene just doesn’t seem right. It might be the attraction you want to see is questionable. If the sign leads you down an alley or to a field in the middle of nowhere, don’t stop, keep going. Never leave valuables in the car while you’re out exploring the area.