Road trips can be a fun past time for anyone, regardless of age or gender. Whether you are going on a road trip with your friends or family, a good time can be had by all. Of course, in order to have a good time, you must be willing to put in the effort and take the proper precautions. You need to make sure you’re practising good driving/passenger behaviour and overall good care for your car on your road trip.
Here are six tips for having a fun road trip:
1. Make it Entertaining
This one goes without saying, but no one likes a boring road trip. Depending on how long the road trip is and whether or not you’re traveling with kids, you may find your passengers bored and complaining there’s nothing to do. It helps to come up with some activities or games to keep your passengers entertained. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, and sometimes bringing a simple deck of cards may work.
2. Get Plenty of Rest
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It’s recommended for adults to get around seven or more hours of sleep a night in order to function for the next day. If you didn’t get much sleep the previous night or you’re feeling fatigued, see if someone else who is well-rested would be willing to drive instead. If not, consider postponing your trip if you can. Nothing is more important than you and your passenger’s safety.
3. Don’t Mess With Your Phone
Distracted driving can come in many forms. You could be distracted by a conversation, the radio, or by zoning out, but one of the worst offenders is being distracted by your cellphone. When you’re driving, your eyes need to be on the road. The solution for this one isn’t too hard, keep your hands off your phone when you’re driving. If there’s someone in the passenger’s seat, ask them to take any important messages or phone calls.
4. Keep Your Car Properly Maintained
If you’re not taking a rental, then be all means you need to make sure your car is in top shape. If there were anything that could stop you from having a fun trip, it would be your car breaking down. Basic car care like checking your tires for any nails, foul odors coming from your car, or any cracks in the windshield are recommended. If you’re about to go on a big trip, you should strongly consider having your car evaluating by a professional. Plus, knowing your car is in good shape will definitely keep the most anxious of drivers at ease.
5. Food and Motion Don’t Mix
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When you’re eating and driving, you’re bound to make a mess. And even if you’re not the one driving, eating and drinking in the car is always a messy endeavor. You pick up your burger to take a bite, and the driver takes a sharp left. Bam! Stray lettuce all over the back seat. And let’s not even get started on drinking in the car. Doesn’t it seem like every time you pick up your drink, the driver accelerates, and you end up spilling on yourself? This is exactly why you shouldn’t allow anyone to eat or drink in your car. Drinks are sticky, and food is messy. And the two are likely to cause the biggest mess when the car is in motion. When you do decide to eat, consider pulling over and stopping at a rest point.
6. Enjoy the Experience
Being tense on a road trip is pretty counterproductive to having a good time, so relax! Whether you’re the driver or a passenger, you should enjoy the ride for what it is and the company you’re sharing it with. Yeah, you might be stuck in pockets of traffic, or maybe you don’t hit all the destinations you want to, but you shouldn’t let those things completely ruin your experience.
A road trip is a whole adventure, so make it count. Do the proper prep work, follow good driving practices, and, most of all, have fun.