Are we there yet? Tips for Planning Your Road Trip

Jun 26, 2012 1 minute read

Planning a road trip? Consider these helpful reminders to ensure everyone has a fun, safe trip.

Part of the fun of going on a road trip is deciding where to go and what you want to explore. Trip Advisor offers ideas, reviews and suggestions for activities you can try. Check out Google Maps to learn the best routes and how long it takes to get there.  Always share your plans and estimated times of arrival and departure with others.

Before hitting the open road, take the time to prepare your vehicle. Conduct basic maintenance such as checking tires, oil, hoses, lights, and wipers. Consider visiting your local mechanic for a thorough inspection. This could save you extra dollars in the long run and give you peace of mind while on the road.

Once you have decided on the destination, be sure to prepare for it. Consider driving times and aim to stop along the way for breaks or share the driving responsibility with others. If the commute is long, split up the driving time by staying in other cities or towns along the way.  If you are travelling with kids, be sure to pack drinks and snacks.  To keep children happy during the drive, have a DVD and player, books, or games readily available.

While driving, it is extremely important to remain focused on the road. Avoid using your cell phone, programming GPS, or changing the music selection (CD or electronic device) when you are driving.

During a long drive, have your passenger(s) assist or if you are alone, pull over. Never drive tired and be sure to take regular breaks including a nap if necessary. Set a few driving rules with passengers to help remain focused on driving such as speaking in a quiet voice or helping to clean up trash in the car.

Regardless of the season you should always pack an emergency road kit. Be sure to include: a flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, roadside flare, cellphone charger, vehicle tool kit, jumper cables, and tire assistance tools (sealer or compressor).

Finally it’s also good idea to ensure you have all proper car insurance documentation on hand. Be sure your policy information and vehicle registration is up-to-date. To help you prepare for the unexpected on the open road, be sure to download our Collision Checklist.

What are your tips for a successful road trip?  Send us your comments below.

Have a great, safe road trip wherever you plan to go!