Going on a road trip can be a fulfilling and unforgettable experience, but it can be frustrating and troublesome at times if you are not well-prepared for your trip. Let us take a look at some driving tips that will help make your road trip an easier and memorable one!
1. Set Your Schedule
Plan out your day so that you are aware of the amount of driving that you are about to do. While being spontaneous is part of the enjoyment of your trip, pacing yourself can help you to set realistic, achievable goals while you drive so that you do not exhaust yourself.
2. Choose The Right Car
Not all cars are made for road trips. When choosing your car, here are a few things you might want to consider:
- Number of persons
- 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive
- Trunk space
- Fuel economy
Alternatively, you can save yourself the hassle and take your pick from our latest selection of the best road trip vehicles!
3. Plan Your Rest Stops
Taking regularly breaks is vital to having an easier journey, so plan out where and when you decide to take a rest along the way. Rest stops serve not only as a breather for you, but also as little targets that you may wish to set for yourself to keep yourself going.
4. Pack Your Documents Well
Keep your documents in a single, clear folder so that you can access them easily anytime. Whether it is your passport, license or booking information, it is strongly advisable to store them in a safe central location so that you are always ready for unexpected circumstances (such as getting pulled over for random spot checks along the way).
5. Do Your Homework
Always be aware of the traffic regulations and laws of each area that you will be travelling through. This is especially important when driving through states or provinces as the laws (and thus, traffic laws) are not always the same everywhere. You can access the driving advisory on government websites of your intended places of visit.
6. Protect Yourself With Insurance
Ensure you have both you and your car protected for any unforeseen circumstances.
Travel Insurance – In the event you get sick, or reside in a hotel accommodation that is not as advertised, having travel insurance helps you to cover the exorbitant costs of medical fees, hospital bills, and even an emergency flight home.
Car Insurance – By insuring your car, you are ensuring that you do not need to fork out large sums of money should you be involved in a road accident. Also, this ensures that all persons are covered and that things such as roadside assistance are covered.
7. Turn Up The Radio
Stay awake and keep yourself entertained by tuning in to the local radio stations. Not only that, it is one of the best ways to get live updates of the weather and road conditions, especially if there is limited mobile network. Plus, you can learn about the cultures and local news of the places you plan to visit!
(Related Story: Road Trip Playlist Vol. 1)
8. Check Your Tyre Pressure Regularly
Even if the trip does not take a toll on you, it might take a toll on your vehicle. Always be sure to check your tyre pressure regularly, as long drives can decrease the tyre traction and even cause your tyre to deflate easily. Having a spare tyre is almost always the best precautionary measure to take.
9. Stock Up On (Healthy) Snacks And Water
Bringing along a variety of healthy foods helps to sustain your hunger and get you through the long drive without having to constantly visit fast-food restaurants along the way.
Some snacks that we recommend are:
- Low-sugar granola bars
- Whole fruits
- Cut Vegetables
- Unseasoned popcorn
- Biscuits and crackers
Also, hydration is extremely important. Try to bring along at least one 1.5l bottle of water and a small 500ml bottle for each person throughout the trip (or more if your daily water intake is higher).
10. Get Enough Sleep
Needless to say, having enough sleep is crucial before you take on the challenge of embarking on a long drive. Not only is this for your and other passengers’ safety, but it also helps you to be more aware of your surroundings, allowing you to enjoy the scenery.
Planning to have your first ever solo trip? Check out our Beginner’s Guide To Taking A Road Trip Alone!