For fans of the open road, a long road trip is a perfect way to spend a long weekend. Especially with all the time spent at home during the pandemic, a moving vehicle sounds like heaven.
Sometimes unplanned trips don’t go so well. Maybe you aren’t sure where to go. Or perhaps you’re worried about driving for so long. Regardless, these are different ways you can enjoy your road trip to the fullest, and keep it safe.
Upload It on Social Media
Millions of people love watching videos of long car rides – so why not make one? All you need is a dashboard cam, and perhaps SpotifyStorm to get more traffic to your video. It can be fun driving when you know you’re going to upload everything online. Do not use your phone while driving, because that is the equivalent of texting and driving. If you wish to live-stream your trip, ask a passenger for help.
Get Your Playlist Ready
Don’t listen to the radio – get a playlist on Spotify, and collaborate with your friends to get more entertainment added.
You will enjoy the ride more if you are driving a car that you can’t afford to own. Many luxury cars are available for rent, and surely you will love driving them instead of your usual car. If you can manage a stick shift, you might find it a new experience and enjoy it. However, it might be distracting, so keep that in mind when renting.
Read Weather Forecasts
They aren’t always accurate, but it is useful to know what you might run into. This is especially important if your road trip will take more than a couple of days. Knowing what the weather will be like can help you pack more appropriately, and avoid situations where you aren’t equipped for the weather.
Check Your Car
Unsafe cars are one of the leading causes of traffic injuries worldwide. It is always a good idea to check your vehicle prior to going on a long road trip. You should check your car battery, brakes, tires, transmission fluid, motor oil, water levels, transmission fluid, among other things. If you are not experienced in mechanics at all, visit an auto garage and have a mechanic take a look under the hood.
Take Precautionary Equipment
When you’re far away from home, you need to take some extra precautions. Bring a first aid kit, jumper cables, a spare tire. Anything you think you might need when you’re miles away. Even if you don’t end up using them; it is bliss knowing that you are safe no matter what.
Take the Scenic Route
The point of the road trip is for you to enjoy the road itself. If you are going from point A to point B as quickly as possible, you aren’t doing it right. Instead, get a road map (or your GPS) and try to plan your trip roughly on the longer but more beautiful roads.
Snacks, and Water
Dehydration is no joke. And hunger can seriously make you cranky and keep you from enjoying your trip. So take a bottle (or two) of water for each person, and get some nonperishable snacks for the road. Don’t wait until you reach the rest stops on the way, you might not always find one in time.
Take extra money, if you can. At the very least, have a backup stash for emergencies. You never know what you might need. Road trips are a fun pastime activity that many people enjoy. With a few tweaks, you can make sure you have a safe, enjoyable road trip without all the hassle.