Road trips are a perfect opportunity for bonding no matter if its friends or family. However, like with all worthwhile things, preparations must be taken to make sure that the trip will be a success. Otherwise, it could be over before it even began.
Here are three things that you should do before you go on your road trip.
Plan Your Route and Stops
They say that it isn’t the destination, but the journey. In road trips though, it is a little bit of both. Without the journey, you wouldn’t get to your destination, and if you journey down the wrong road you’ll never get there at all.
Before leaving, it is best to plan where you will be passing as well as the stops that you will take. Make sure that everyone there knows the plan so that they can align their calls of natures to it. Doing this will save a lot of time and get you to your destination faster.
There are two apps that you can use to help you out with this. The first is called OnTheWay. Other than planning your route, OnTheWay shows you what restaurants and other attractions are near along the route you will be taking.
Another app is Roadtrippers. This app uses Google Maps as a base, which a lot of people have no problems with anyway. Your trips can be saved and fuel costs, time, and distance can all be seen and calculated.
Make Sure Your Ride Won’t Die on You
Weeks before your road trip, it is already a best practice to ensure that your vehicle is in the best condition it could be.
Check that all the essential car functions are working. Like the seatbelts, that the batter is good to go, the breaks still work, that it has enough water, and so on.
It may seem tiresome but believe me, being careful is better than having your car die on you during your road trip. Moreover, it is important to take this extra step as to ensure that your safety and that of your passengers is assured.
All preventative maintenance sessions should have been done on your vehicle the weeks and months leading up to the trip. You can find everything about this maintenance here.
Finally, make sure that you have all the tools you need to fix your car if something were to happen to you on the road. True, it would suck if you got a flat tire. However, it would be far worse if you didn’t have the tools or even a spare tire.
Plan Your Entertainment
Road trips are usually long. Most families forget about planning their entertainment for the journey. They end up just packing and driving towards their destination. Most of the time, it could drive people bonkers or worse, sleepy on the road.
Plan for your entertainment then. Make sure that you have the music that you want to play in the car. Even music that your passengers would like to hear for that matter.
Prepare some car games that everyone can play so that everyone is engaged. A trip where everyone is enjoying all the way through will be a much better and memorable experience.
We hope you remember these tips when you go out and take a trip with your loved ones.