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5 Road Trip Tips to Remember this Summer

Road trips are a classic way to spend a family vacation. Nearly half of traveling families expect to pack up their cars and embark on a road trip during 2019. While road trips are an incredible way to see the natural landscape and spend time with loved ones, they can also be taxing.

Prior to hitting the road, there are five tips to remember to make the most of your trip for you and your loved ones, regardless if you choose to stay in Colorado, venture beyond state lines, or travel cross-country.

Visit the Mechanic

A week before embarking on your road trip, take your car to your favorite mechanic or to the dealership. Ask to top off your fluid levels, take a look at your brakes, pump up your spare tire, and take a look at anything else that may cause trouble while on the road.

While you’re at it, ensure you have jumper cables and grab a map of your route, just in case you find yourself without cell service.

Get Adequate Sleep

Drowsy driving can be fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers report having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days, and that drowsy driving was responsible for roughly 72,000 crashes in 2013.

According to some Denver car accident attorneys, “Driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” adding, “if you feel yourself nodding off, pull over in a safe location and take a nap.” Most adults need 7 hours of sleep a day, while teenagers need at least 8 hours.

If you feel your sleep has been compromised, prioritize getting sleep before getting behind the wheel of your car.

Pack Snacks

Stocking your car with healthy snacks and beverages is a must for any road trip! Choosing healthy snacks can help keep you alert and fueled while driving. Avoid any greasy or heavy foods as this can contribute to feeling sluggish or lethargic. Also, remember to drink plenty of water!

Packing snacks and beverages prior to hitting the road will also help limit the amount of pit stops you take on your road trip and can help you save money in the long run by avoiding additional stops.

Plan it Out

Before a big road trip, it’s in your best interest to plan what you can! Decide the roads you’ll be taking and estimate travel times to ensure you are able to visit everything you want without being rushed. It is also recommended to plan for frequent stops to remain alert, every 100 miles or two hours.

Check the weather before your trip as well traffic estimates to create the most appropriate travel plan for you and your family. The American Automobile Association, AAA, routinely releases travel forecasts to estimate delays and total travel times for major holidays, helping you anticipate any delays.

Load Your Entertainment Options

Combat boredom and fatigue by loading and bringing plenty of entertainment options! Load podcasts, playlists, movies, games, books, and albums on your devices to ensure you and your family is entertained throughout your trip. Consider saving these in “offline mode” so if you hit any dead reception areas, you are still able to enjoy.

If you choose to use a rental car for your trip, make sure it has the correct auxiliary cords and charging cords so you aren’t left stranded.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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