Anyone who has, or can rent, a motor vehicle has the ability to take a road trip. This democratization has not always been appreciated. Air travel is a lot faster than driving, and it has a certain cachet since tickets are so expensive. However, attitudes are starting to shift. Necessary security procedures have made air travel more of a hassle than it is worth for many people. On the other hand, a road trip means freedom to set your own schedule and go where you want, when you want.
Nevertheless, it is easy to make mistakes on the road trip that can make it more of an ordeal. Avoid the following errors when planning your next excursion.
Neglecting To Get Your Car Ready
Before you head out on your trip, you should perform a full check of all your vehicle's vital systems, e.g., engine, brakes, batteries, oil, and tires. A breakdown of any of these systems can turn into a nightmare, especially when you are far from home in an unfamiliar place. If you cannot perform the check yourself, or do not have time to do so, have a mechanic check it out for you. Look into cheap car insurance as well so that you know you are covered in the event of an accident.
Not Packing an Emergency Travel Kit
A full tune-up makes a vehicle breakdown less likely, but something could still happen that could leave you stranded, at least for a while. You should always be prepared for this eventuality by packing an emergency travel kit. At the very least, this should contain some basic first-aid gear, extra water, and some nonperishable food. You should also pack gear that helps you cope with car trouble, such as a tire pressure gauge or jumper cables. Your emergency kit should also contain a flashlight with extra batteries because, even if you break down during the day, it may be several hours before help arrives. If you're traveling during the winter, you should also pack extra clothes and blankets, as well as candles and matches, to help keep you warm until help arrives.
Not Being Able To Change a Flat Tire
Maybe you do not know how to change a flat tire; you never learned. If this is the case, you should take the time to learn before you set out. There should be instruction in your owner's manual, and you can probably find tutorials online.
On the other hand, maybe you know how to change a tire but you don't have everything you need to do so. This is increasingly common, as newer vehicles are increasing sold or rented without spare tire kits. Make sure you have what you need before setting out on your trip, including a spare tire, lug wrench, and jack, in the hopes that you never need it.
Forgetting To Get Things in Order at Home
While you are away, there are things at home that will still need taking care of, such as getting the mail, mowing the lawn, or watering houseplants. The longer you intend to be gone, the more these things can pile up. Before you go, you should make a list of all of these things and make arrangements to have them seen to while you are gone. In many cases, a friend or neighbor would be happy to check in on a daily basis. However, if you need someone in the home for more than a few minutes per day, you may want to have a house sitter stay while you are gone.
Failing To Schedule Enough Rest Stops
Your travel itinerary can be as strict or as relaxed as you want it to be, but in either case, you should plan a stop of at least 30 minutes for every four to five hours that you spend in the car. This allows you to stretch your legs and refresh your mind to better focus on the task of driving safety. It also allows you to explore interesting local attractions that you might pass over otherwise.
In many cases, the journey is at least as important as the destination. Be sure to take some time to enjoy it.
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