Preparing for That Summer Road Trip

As technology moves forward and flying becomes more affordable and common, many would think that the great American road trip is a thing of the past. Statistics, however, prove otherwise. A poll by Enterprise shows that almost 75 percent of Americans prefer driving to their destinations because of the freedoms it offers.

The call of the road is undeniable, almost like it’s embedded in our makeup. Like the frontiers that came before us to explore the new land, we are drawn to the adventure that a road trip promises. But before you can set out on the road, there are some important steps to take to insure you get the most out of your trip.

You may want to start off by cleaning your car. A few days into your trip, you’ll notice a collection of fast food wrappers, maps, and a variety of Knick-Knacks that you’ve collected along the way, start to build-up on your car. If you started the trip in a cluster of disorder, it’ll only be a matter of time before the inside of your car is total chaos.

Having the freedom of spontaneity is one of the main arguments for a road trip, but having a loose plan is always a good idea. We’ve all been in enough traffic jams to know that the road is unpredictable, having some idea of how and when can help so you don’t miss out on any of your destinations. You never know when you will run into that unpredictable “Road Work Ahead” sign.

Make sure you have alternative routes. With the unpredictability of the road, you may want to have at least one or two other routes to fall back on. If you know you’ll be traveling through a major city during its rush hour, you may want to find an alternative, more scenic route, so at least you can make to most of your time.

Join a roadside rescue service. Nobody plans to be stranded on the side of the road, in a part of the country you’ve been to. Having an 800 number on hand to connect you to local services will come in handy and can save a lot of time and hassle. It can also keep you safe from some of the dangers we all wish to avoid.

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