Four Essential Preparation Tips For a Long Road Trip

Everyone loves a good road trip, but without proper preparation the drive can be less than fun. Remember, a road trip is one thing, but a long road trip is quite another. If you have been on a long road trip before, you are probably familiar with some of the challenges: car repairs, driver fatigue, boredom and finding a decent meal, amongst many others. If you take the time to plan out your road trip, you’ll find it’s a much more pleasant experience. Don’t embark without first reading the tips below.

Repair Your Car
This might seem like a no-brainer, but how many times have you seen someone broken down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere? This is why getting your car inspected by a mechanic before your trip is so important — you and your family could literally end up in danger from the elements and predators. Make sure to check out at least the transmission, air conditioning system, steering, suspension, tires, and the cooling system. Also, have the oil changed unless you’ve very recently tackled this tip.

Prevent Driver Fatigue
This is another tip that puts the safety of you and your family first. Every year drivers cross into the oncoming lane and go off the road due to falling asleep. First of all, incorporate rest days into your trip. Don’t try to drive 15 hour-plus days — and, if you do get tired, let someone else drive, or pull over. At the very least take a 20 minute nap. Studies show driving tired is like driving drunk, so increase your alertness with caffeine but don’t use it to push the envelope because it’s only effective up to a point.

Stop Boredom Before it Begins
This tip can be summed up quite simply: bring all the creature comforts of home. You’ll need to cycle through quite a few things to pass the time. Standards include electronics and road trip games with the family for entertainment, as well as neck pillows and blankets to make sleeping in the car cozier, but what about that pressing report you have sitting on your desk? Work is the last thing you want to worry about on vacation, but it’s an easy way to get ahead and pass the time.

Bring Your Own Food
Sure, sometimes you can find a great hole-in-the-wall place, but most of the time the food available along vast barren stretches of highway is lacking in flavor and nutrition. Bringing a cooler and your own food is not only economical, it tastes better and is better for you.

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