How to Plan a Successful Road Trip

By | 20 March, 2020

Taking a drive across state lines is one of the best ways to see what the country has to offer. A road trip is also a great way to spend quality time with friends and family as you drive for miles sharing stories, laughing, and jamming to the music. Like planning any trip or vacation, however, there are a few details you want to make sure you’ve ironed out so that your road trip goes off without a hitch.

Choose a Destination

Though road trips are more about the fun and exploration during the drive, aimlessly driving around can lead you to the middle of nowhere. So, it’s best to have a final destination or stopping point whether it’s Yellowstone National park or Miami Beach, select a destination that’s comfortable to drive and geared towards your interests. 

Map Out Your Route

After you’ve decided where you’re going to go, you need to map out the route you’ll take to get there. Since the idea of a road trip is to see new things along the way, it is often best to choose a scenic route instead of the highways. You’re likely to find a lot more interesting things to see as you drive by. Scenic routes also tend to have more places for tourists to stop and explore. As technology can sometimes be funny, be sure that you have printed out some instructions or purchased a map just in case your GPS loses signal.

Determine Checkpoints/Activities

Driving all those hours is bound to get tiring after some time. Not to mention, there’s a lot of things to see and do between your place of departure and your final travel destination. So, make the road trip more engaging by determining where you’ll stop and what you’ll do while you’re there. Perhaps there’s some museum you wanted to see or a waterpark your kids have always wanted to go to along the way. You can make a day of it stopping into a nearby town for a few hours just to explore before getting back on the road. 

Double-Check Insurance Coverage

If you’re in an accident during your road trip or your car is damaged or stolen, having auto insurance comes in handy. Before you start your journey, make sure that you’ve checked your insurance policies to ensure you have enough protection for you and the other passengers in your vehicle. 

If there isn’t enough protection, you may want to consider upgrading it before your trip. If you happen to be a college freshman, however, this may mean looking into car insurance for high-risk drivers. Whatever the case is, you don’t want to get caught out of town without proof of insurance, so secure a policy today and place your ID card in the vehicle in case you need it. Make sure to visit lopriore.com to get further information.

Service Your Car or Reserve a Rental

Since you’ll need a vehicle large enough for you and your travel companions, don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your rental car. The car you choose should be comfortable for you to drive, large enough for everyone to have their own safety belts, and durable enough to thrive on the terrain you plan on driving through. 

If taking your own car is a more affordable option for you, schedule a maintenance appointment with your mechanic well before your trip. They should complete all the necessary road trip maintenance tasks to ensure your car will safely get you to and from your travel destinations. 

Pack Light

Instruct all passengers to pack light for your road trip. Trying to fit a bunch of luggage and gear into the car can be quite the puzzle. Not to mention, it reduces the amount of room there is for everyone to be comfortable during the ride. Lastly, the more you weigh a car down, the more it’s going to cost you in gas. If you can, try to keep the bag limit to one per person. 

When packing for the road trip, however, you do want to make sure that you’ve packed plenty of snacks and beverages for the ride. This reduces the number of times you have to pull over because someone is hungry or thirsty. You should also make sure you have basic car supplies and a first aid kit on hand just in case something should happen. 

This time of year is the perfect time to hop in the car and just take a long drive with family and friends. The temperatures are just right, the scenery is perfect, and there are a ton of things to get into. If you’re planning a road trip for the first time, just be sure to follow the advice above to ensure your trip is a success. 


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