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Tips for a Successful Road Trip

Taking a road trip is something everyone should experience at least once.  Whether it’s going from New York to South Beach for Spring break or moving from Chicago to California to pursue your acting career, travelling across state lines along with some friends or family will leave you with memories you’ll never forget.  The drive may be long and tedious at times, but road tripping is a great way to see the country.  We want to help make sure you’re well prepared for the adventure ahead, so here are a few pro tips for having a successful, safe, fun, and happy road trip experience.

Plan Ahead

Make sure that you’ve planned out your route and stops along the way to make the most efficient use of your time.  This will help you stay on track throughout the drive.  Sure, being spontaneous is great, and we do suggest you embrace that, but having the basics, such as gas stations, tolls, rest stops, hotels, and must see attractions planned ahead of time will help you avoid unnecessary delays.  Be sure you’re ready for unexpected delays, such as traffic or surprise detours.  Most importantly, plan to have a great experience.  Sometimes, the journey is just as incredible as the destination.


One of the best parts about a road trip is actually being on the road.  It’s a great time to bond with your friends or family in the car, play games, get close, and of course, indulge in limitless snacks!  Be sure to stock up before you head out.  Don’t get too carried away, though, try to throw in a couple of healthy options.  Pack a cooler with drinks so they stay cold and ready to drink (hot soda is the worst, isn’t it?).  Don’t go for perishables because you might not get to them before they go bad.  Stock up on easy to grab snacks like pretzels, chips, and maybe even some fruit!  This will help minimize spend and also keep you on the road without having to make too many additional stops. 

Know Your Driving Limitations and Consider Weather Conditions

Don’t rush to cover more distance than you can comfortably.  This is where accidents happen.  Know how long you can drive comfortably before you start feeling tired.  Don’t push yourself to go further than your limit.  Switch drivers or stop for a rest.  Driving when tired is a major cause of accidents during road trips.  Check the weather beforehand so you have an idea of what to expect and if conditions get bad, plan for a stop rather than pushing through and driving in unsafe conditions. 

Check Your Car Regularly

This is especially important when driving long distances.  You want to make sure that your car is in good condition so there’s no surprise breakdowns in the middle of nowhere.  Check tire pressure regularly and pay attention to any warning signs your vehicle may be giving.  Long trips put an extra strain on vehicles and safety comes first.  It doesn’t hurt to regularly monitor your car’s condition.   

Before going on your road trip, it’s important that you make sure your insurance covers damage in a different state.  When you get into an accident in a different state, there may be extra hoops to jump through for service and coverage.  Avoid unpleasant surprises and be prepared for any situation.  Have a safe and happy road trip, all!

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