It’s that time of year when the car windows go down and the speaker volume goes up! With the weather getting warmer, our sense of adventure is jumping out with the urge to go on a summer drive! Most of the time a spur of the moment road trip sounds like a good idea but after many tired hours of travelling, you would be wishing that you had done a little more planning.
Here is our list of top 10 travelling tips on the road to help you prepare.
1) Is your car road trip ready?
Every road trip is memorable in its own way. Many of those memories include overheating engines, flat tires or being stranded on the side of the road! These are moments most of us would have preferred to avoid. A car can be your worst enemy or best friend on a road trip!
So our first tip is to make sure your car is ready for your journey. Be sure to take your car in for a service to ensure all fluids are full and your car is ready to roll. Join a roadside rescue service like AAA to save the hassle associated with breakdowns.
2) Tidy up your car
As your days go by on your road trip, you will see that the accumulation of junk, fast food wrappers, and old receipts will drive you nuts! Give your car a daily clean up and you will enjoy a clutter-free drive.
3) Enjoy one of life’s greatest joys-Food on the road!
When on a road trip, we often try to pull into the closest fast food drive- thru for our meals! This limits our opportunities to experience the local culture, meet new people, and discover the authentic local flavours in each city. It is often a cheaper and healthier option. Dare to be different and experience every moment of your road trip!
4) Take turns driving
This may seem like “stating the obvious”; however it is important to switch who is at the wheel from time to time. It is always nice to have a break from driving and the back seat passenger would also not mind the upgrade to the driver’s seat. Don’t be shy to let your friend know when you need a break.
5) Breaking the law can bankrupt your road trip budget!
On road trips, we are so determined to get to our destinations on time. The tempting open highways lay the foundation for speeding which of course can result in an expensive speeding ticket. Remember one little violation can cut into your entire road trip budget! More importantly you need to also look into the safety of your passengers.
6) Use your smart phone to find cheap gas
Lucky for us, we are in the age of the smart phone. Finding the cheapest places to fuel is easy with apps like Gasbuddy. It will help you find the best deals on gas throughout your road trip in the USA and Canada.
If you are travelling on a long weekend and you are exposed to crazy traffic jams or grinding out a long miles on your road trip, be sure to stock up extra snacks, drinks, and of course your jerry-can of fuel. Be sure to also carry your cell phone car chargers along for the ride for emergencies.
7) Music makes the ride go faster
Make sure to stock your car with the best jams to make your ride memorable as you roll the windows down and sing to your heart’s content. Don’t’ forget about the radio! It would be a good idea to do some research online to find out the local radio stations of the cities you are driving through, as you can catch some timeless classics along the way.
8) Bring a map and take the road less travelled!
As much as we love our GPS and google maps it is not a good idea to put all your faith in technology. Taking a paper map allows you to create your own route and you are not dictated by the boring routes suggested by your GPS. Take the roads less travelled and have an escape plan to get on the rural roads to enjoy the scenic drive.
9) Have your documents where they should be
Before departing make sure that all your necessary travelling documents are in the glove box of your vehicle. If you are traveling without current documentation of license, registration or insurance, you could be asking for trouble if the cops decide to pay you a visit. Be prepared
10) Whatever Happens, Relax. Remember: You’re on Vacation
Whatever you do, don’t forget to have fun. Write to us about your crazy road trip adventures we would love to hear from you.