Summer road trip travel is expected to increase this year. Expedia recently conducted a study that showed over 70% of their research respondents feel safer road-tripping rather than traveling by air this summer. Every place seems like an exotic location when you’ve been restricted to your home for months. While national parks and major tourist attractions are still popular locations, most drivers plan to stay somewhat close to home. Below are some popular tips to consider before making your summer journey:
- Make sure to make time to have your car inspected and serviced before you head out. Don’t be afraid to mention that you’re planning a road trip. We can provide an inspection specific to your road trip needs. Our team can make sure your wheels are balanced and aligned, your fluids are topped off, and your tires are ready to take on the journey.
- Thoroughly clean the outside and inside of your vehicle. Make sure you take a moment to sanitize your car, giving extra attention to the steering wheel, dashboard, and buttons.
- Conduct your research and planning ahead of time. Have an idea of when to eat, stop for gas, and rest breaks at truck stops. Also, make sure you do your research on COVID-19 cases in each city. Some areas are still fighting a fierce battle, and you may be more prone to more risk in one area than another.
- Create the perfect playlist ahead of time, so you aren’t distracted and shifting through music. While you’re at it, pick out a few podcasts too!
- Set time aside to learn how to change a tire before you leave and make sure you have an inflated spare. While AAA does come in handy, having the skillset already in your back pocket can save yourself time and money.
- Most banks will allow you to list the cities you’re traveling to let them know where you’ll be using your debit or credit card. Make sure to also keep a little extra cash on you for any emergencies or tolls.
From hiking trips to visits to national parks, road trips are the top choice for traveling out. While it may be a bit safer to stay sheltering in place, sometimes planning requires expecting the unexpected, and with preparation, you can minimize your risk and still have a great time.