According to AAA, about 700 Million trips will be made by Americans this year alone. Preparing for a road trip requires tons of preparation from sanitizing your car to conducting essential maintenance.
A trip can start successfully by having a set destination, ensuring your car is ready for a journey, and knowing how to deal with unexpected situations.
We talked to our travel experts who have been all over the U.S. exploring, to share their best road trip tips to consider.
Road Trip Do’s and Don’t’s
Road trips are typically lengthier rides, so knowing the ins and outs of the route you’ll be taking is essential. With so many States varying in their re-opening strategy – we recommend researching ahead of time.
An app that we would recommend for long road trips is “The Dyrt.” This service will help you find nearby camping grounds and is a go-to resource for anyone with nature, calling them to the outdoors. Another free resource for finding campsites along your route is freecampsites.net, but keep in mind that the free sites typically don’t have restrooms or running water, which is why your research is essential before your departure.
Don’t be afraid that this will take the adventure out of your trip, as planning your route can give you a schedule to stick with – and avoid any sudden hiccups.
Tell Someone Your Plans
Sharing your exact plan can feel unnecessary at first since you always expect to have your phone on you and contact someone in case of an emergency. But we never expect when that emergency might be and can still catch you by surprise.
If you’re traveling far away from roads or communities, or even in high elevation areas, the likely chance that there will be a cell tower in your proximity can be a coin toss.
Share your road trip plans with a trusted friend or family before venturing out. Sharing your itinerary and schedule with a party who is not traveling is the best safety net to have for any troubles you could have on the road. For more extended travels, setting up contact points in your schedule can keep people updated on your status and ensure your safety. Although cellular service isn’t guaranteed everywhere, sharing your location with someone you trust is a good safety measure to take as well. If your vehicle is broken down and you don’t have service at the time, most devices will send out the last location tag they could.
Backups and Extras
Our travel experts have had many learning lessons with this one, whether it be a flat tire, not packing enough, or only running out of gas.
Here are a few things that you should have a backup of for the unexpected.
For yourself, here are some of the top 6 essentials to make sure you have before leaving, and wouldn’t be a bad idea to pack a little bit extra for the “what if” situations:
- Portable Charger – If your unable to find an outlet or your car battery dies, you’ll be thankful you brought this. Taking it on hikes or anywhere yet undiscovered is a great idea.
- Flashlight – Even though we all have a “flashlight” on our phone, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
- Batteries – Simple accessories that will replenish your flashlight’s batteries, as well as anything else. Double-check which type of batteries your devices need before starting your trip.
- Sun-Screen – For the long hikes, laying out in the sun, or in case you’re stuck on the side of the road, you’ll be thankful you have some extra.
- First-Aid – Injuries during a walk or an accidental cut can happen when we least expect it, make sure your safety is a number one priority.
- Blankets – For picnics, sunbathing, or those cold and chilly nights, bring a nice big blanket for your leisure and relaxation times.
And for your vehicle, these are the top 5 requested items on roadside assistance calls with Endurance that would be handy to pack.
- Spare Tire
- Tow Rope
- Small Toolbox
Ensuring your car for the long travel ahead can feel like a hassle. That’s why we put together the best practices to care for your vehicle, according to the auto experts to worry about one less thing.
Luckily, Endurance Elite members receive 24/7 roadside assistance, which many customers have already taken advantage of this Summer. Learn more about Endurance Elite benefits and the ease of mind it provides.
Stay Safe on the Road
Of course, this seems like an obvious tip, but staying safe in these times now requires more attention than ever.
Laws and regulations differ from one state to another, so the research for your travels can be imperative. When traveling outside, make sure to keep a mask and hand sanitizer on hand while social distancing. We’ve also outlined how to keep your vehicle clean, practicing all expert-recommended guidelines.
Hit The Road Worry-Free with Endurance
With the warm weather wrapping up soon, now is the best time to hit the road for one last getaway trip. Now that you’ve prepared yourself with these tips, the next step is prepping your car for the long drive.
Aside from essential maintenance, protecting your car with an Endurance warranty can save you thousands on car repairs. Plus, every protection plan comes with 24/7 roadside assistance, road trip interruption coverage, and the Endurance Elite membership to provide you peace of mind.
If you don’t have auto protection from Endurance, now is the time to get the most comprehensive protection package. Request a no-obligation quote below for more information on how you can get protection today.