Many people assume that the classic American road trips have become a matter of the old days. However, this is not the case as statistics unveil that there’s a significant number of Americans who enjoy taking the roads for family visits and even vacations these days. Furthermore, the declining airline customer service has also lead to many natives to choose road trips than flying
While some people prefer having an “on the road experience” for shorter trips in order to save time, such trips indeed happens to be done more frequently.
Whether you opt for an airline to get to your destination or willing to drive yourself, a journey is a journey. It needs you to take care of important comfort and safety measures so you can avoid as much unpleasant situations as possible.
Here are some suggestions that will help you make sure that you get the most out of your road trip experience.
1. Keep Your Car Clean Throughout the Trip
A messy vehicle can make you irritating during the trip eventually causing you to end up with being sorry for your car. Make sure you clean the vehicle thoroughly before leaving for your destination. Remove used napkins and gum wrappers left under the car seat, take away old business/hotel receipts and local maps gathered in the glove box and clean the dog hair in the back seat. Washing the car will also help you feel good to get on the road.
2. Get Your Vehicle Checked
It’s highly important to ensure your safety throughout the journey. To do so, have a mechanic check for the important parts of your car like its brakes, tires and fluid levels. Also, make sure you have fully inflated spare fire, extra wiper fluid and jumper cables on hand. Taking care of these necessary measures will help you prevent problematic and unpleasant situations and reach your destination safely.
3. Have a Plan For Unexpected Delays
Unexpected delays are inevitable when it comes to traveling to long distance. This means things are not going to be easy all the times. So, it’s critically important to have a proper traveling plan on hand that will help you know where to rest and what resort you should choose for a short-term stay. Avoid over scheduling your road trip in order to prevent yourself from slogging during last few miles. Also, make sure you get on the road as earlier as possible in order to settle down soon on the road and beat the unwanted traffic.
4. Explore the Back Roads
Spending some time on the back roads prior traveling can be handy for seeing the country especially if you don’t have a specific destination with a strict schedule.
If you find something that catches your eye, do give it a try, no matter if its a small place because you may not get this opportunity again. Also, this way you can travel along the way with great peace of mind when you’re on the road with boring maps.
5. Don’t Eat Big Meal During Travel
The blood in our body redirects everything to the digestive system causing it get slow down. And even two big meals can lead to higher sugar levels which typically causes an amino acid “tryptophan” to release prompting sleep or dizzy feeling. And sleep isn’t really a good sign unless it comes at the end of the day. For that reason, make sure you eat light meal during your travel because big or heavy meals can cause lots of things to happen inside your tummy which may not be comfortable or safe for you while driving.