3 Driving Travel Tips for a Great Road Vacation – Road trip is considered as one of the best and Convinient way of travelling around an exciting Destination, listed below are some of the tips to consider when you are to go Driving around.
When I was kid, my dad took our family everywhere in the car. Those trips were as much adolescent rite-of-passage as they were family vacation, forcing everyone involved through a grueling gauntlet of marathon driving sessions and extremely questionable roadside cuisine.
As I got older, the availability of cheap airline tickets and mass transit options made the family road trip almost obsolete.
However, in line with the generally cyclical nature of life, the rapidly increasing price of airline tickets and the general hassle associated with flying have again brought car trips to the forefront of many people’s transportation options.
Driving trips don’t have to be a bad memory for your kids. You can make it less stressful for you and your spouse, which generally helps everyone have a great time when you ensure the factors listed below.
Make a Plan
My dad was not big on planning, claiming an inherent belief in the spirit of the open road. He also believed, after getting lost several times and dealing with the subsequent whining from his family, in grinding his teeth, gripping the steering wheel until his knuckles turned white, and mumbling unpleasant things under his breath.
Now, in most situations, I am a big fan of just winging it. But when it comes to dealing with potentially grumpy spouses or children, it’s better to have some sort of a plan.
Luckily, the technology age makes this extremely easy. Most people have a smart phone that provides enough GPS capability to ensure that they never have to worry about getting lost.
After that, a cooler full of food for long trips, a small emergency kit, and maybe a spare cell phone battery are often more than enough preparation.
Get Your Paperwork in Order
Driving obviously requires a lot less paperwork than the average airline trip. However, a lack of paperwork does not imply an absence of paperwork.
Smart drivers will keep a record of stuff like hotel reservations, lists of cool places to stop, alternate driving routes etc.
If you plan to rent a car, your copy of the rental agreement is something you don’t want to lose, as it is the legal documentation that proves you have the right to operate the rental and leaves no auto insurance questions for you to answer to police.
When I was a fresh faced college grad, my wife and I rented a car to travel cross-country to my cousin’s wedding. On the way home, we were pulled over by a very bored looking police officer.
However, as we struggled to find the rental agreement among the mound of fast-food wrappers on the floor, he became increasingly agitated and suspicious.
Spending five minutes to at least jam all of the documents you need in the glove compartment can save you a ton of hassle in the long run.
Ultimately, the best advice I can give you is to just relax and enjoy the ride. The best (maybe only) good thing about car trips with my dad was that his lack of planning meant extra time for random sightseeing and sidetracking. It wasn’t unusual for us to have more fun on the way to our destination then when we actually got there.
Jessica Bosari fondly remembers her childhood family vacations, and hopes your travels go without incident. If you do run into trouble, such as a car accident, you can ask her advice at autoinsuranceadvice.com.