Dreaming of a summer road trip this year? If so, keep the following tips in mind, because they will help ensure that your great adventure is memorable for all the right reasons.
Plan your route
Heading off without a plan is rarely a good idea, as not only will you risk getting lost, but it may mean you miss out on some of the biggest highlights along the way. For best results, invite everyone who will be part of your trip for a brainstorming session at least a week or two before you go and make your plans together. Aside from solidifying your route, your joint planning session will build excitement and help to prevent arguments while you are away.
Time it right
Whenever possible, plan to do your driving when there will be fewer cars on the road (such as early in the day or mid-week) as this will mean you are less likely to get stuck in traffic or feel pressured into driving faster than it is safe to do so. Timing your trip to coincide with major events or festivals is another wise move, because even though the crowds may be larger it will more often than not be well worth it.
Secure your spot
If any element of your trip will require booking, such as accommodation, tours, equipment, or ferries, do so as early as possible; otherwise, you risk having your trip undermined before it even starts. When making your bookings, be sure to ask about the cancellation policies as well, just in case you need to change your plans at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.
Prepare your ride
There is no more important element of a road trip than your vehicle; therefore, make sure that yours is primed and ready before you head off. Have your mechanic conduct a thorough servicing; clean your vehicle inside and out; and make sure that your emergency road kit is fully stocked with any and all supplies that you may need while you are away.
It can be hard to keep your mob constantly entertained, especially during long days of driving, making it vital that you bring a few key items on board with you. For example, games and toys provide a great way to keep kids under control, while favourite tunes, podcasts, and audio books will be a hit with adults and kids alike. Even just keeping a running list of wildlife you see along the way can help to keep everyone engaged and content.
Share the driving
There is nothing heroic about driving for 10 or 12 hours a day; in fact, it dramatically increases your chances of a fatigue-related accident, so regardless of how far you are going, if you have more than one licenced driver in your party, trade off the driving duties every hour or two. Not only will this make the trip a lot more enjoyable, it will ensure that whoever is driving is always fresh, alert, and able to keep everyone on board safe.
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