Spending countless hours in the car can be a pain. Or it can be one of the best experiences of your life!
As with most things, it all depends upon the context. Are you driving for work or out of an obligation to attend your cousin Sally’s third wedding? Or are you packing into the vehicle with your closest friends or family to enjoy a week-long vacation?
If it’s the latter, we can all get excited. This is about to be your next epic road trip.
But how do you make sure it all goes as well as possible? Well, some of it comes down to the people you’re with, the snacks you bring, and of course the tunes you sing along to on the way. There are also logistical, safety, and other boring concerns, however.
No, none of these will be what makes the trip. But failing to prepare properly really can break it. So do your due diligence before you head out and take care of these three things to ensure no major problems arise along the way.
Checking Your Car
Driving around town is a pretty low-risk situation. Nobody wants their car to break down at any time. But if something goes wrong near your home, you can get a quick tow and call up a friend or family member to give you a lift. Worse case, you may have to spring for a taxi or Uber.
But the stakes are higher far from home. So it always pays to get a quick maintenance check up before you head off. You don’t need to necessarily give it a complete overhaul. But especially if you know something has been nagging, there has been too long in between oil changes, or the tires are a bit low, get this taken care of before you go.
Knowing Where You’re Going
These days, GPS is universal. We all have maps on our phones and can instantly find the optimal route between point A and B. While this is great — and younger drivers probably can’t imagine how it used to be in the olden days — it can also make us overly complacent. Phones break, batteries run out, and sometimes service drops out.
Given that this stuff is somewhat rare, you don’t need to memorize every turn on a route. But you should at least have some idea where you’re going and know which major highways and interstates you need to take to get to your destination.
Be Ready for Anything
The best road trips are full of great adventures. You create lasting memories that you will think about for decades to come. This is when you know it is truly epic. But, sometimes, everything doesn’t go according to plan. Breakdowns and accidents do happen.
So you need to be ready and protected for anything. At a bare minimum, this means that you must make sure you have proper auto insurance in place prior to setting off on any road trip. Don’t rely on the most basic coverage. Check into your policy and make adjustments if necessary. That way, you’ll be prepared in case of emergency.
Prepping for Your Most Epic Road Trip Yet
Where will you go today? When you’re driving, the whole world might not be an option. There are oceans to consider after all. But one of the best parts of any road trip is the sense of freedom that the open road provides.
Just make sure that, while you’re enjoying this carefree energy, you don’t forget the important details. Get your car checked out, know where you’re going on the map, and make sure you have all the appropriate auto insurance coverage.
With all this taken care of — before you leave — you’ll be able to focus on the adventure ahead. Instead of worrying about possible emergencies, you can focus all your energy on your own personal carpool karaoke.