Planning Your Summer Road Trip

Planning Your Summer Road Trip

We’ve had a weird few months, to say the least, but these unprecedented times don’t have to mean summer fun is canceled altogether! There are still plenty of fun, safe travel plans you can make right now while still ensuring that you and all your companions stay healthy. 

Even though it’s still crucial to follow state and local safety guidelines about travel in order to remain healthy, a lot of stay-at-home orders across many states have been relaxed or completely lifted, meaning that now just may be a perfect time to take a road trip. It’s time to hit the road- summer vacation is SAVED!

One ideal way to satisfy that travel itch while still keeping yourself well-protected and safe is to take a road trip with the same group of family members or close friends you’ve been hanging out with over the last few months. Along with safe travel practices and state-by-state safety guidelines and restrictions, there are some other things you should take into consideration before you take that road trip this summer. For example,

Keep it Clean

First things first- think about the current state of the car you’ll be using for your road trip. How clean is the interior? If you’re going to be spending hours on end cooped up in this vehicle as you drive from checkpoint to checkpoint on your journey, you and your travel mates probably won’t enjoy being in a car that is littered with assorted food wrappers, junk mail, soda cans, and miscellaneous items from your closet. By making sure your car is clean, tidy, uncluttered, and good-smelling, you can ensure a more comfortable trip for both you and your passengers. Pro tip: keep empty trash bags with you to give your road trip buddies a convenient place to stash their snack trash until you get to the next garbage can.

Are You Covered?

Even if your car is relatively new and in the best of health, there’s always a chance something could go wrong when you’re driving for miles and miles each day. Minor issues like flat tires and batteries in need of a jumpstart can cause a mild annoyance and derail your travels for a couple of hours- not to mention the catastrophe you could be facing if anything major breaks down and leaves you stranded hundreds of miles from home. 

Pro tip: An extended warranty that can help save you a world of trouble and have peace of mind that help is just a phone call away. Most used car buyers search for “extended auto warranties”. But an extended warranty from companies such as is actually either Mechanical Breakdown Insurance (in California) or a Vehicle Service contract (in the rest of the USA).

Get a Check-Up

Speaking of auto repairs, it’s always a good idea to visit your local auto repair center for scheduled routine maintenance before you hit the road. Your auto technician will change your vehicle’s oil, rotate the tires, check fluid levels and more to ensure that your car has a clean bill of health before the start of your road trip. Pro tip: make your auto check-up appointment for at least a week before your trip is scheduled to begin. That way if the mechanic uncovers an underlying issue, there’s time to get it fixed without wrecking your itinerary!

Keep a Loose Plan

We know, we know- it’s not about the destination, but the journey! While it’s important to keep things spontaneous on a road trip, sketching out at least a rough plan of your itinerary helps you anticipate trouble spots so you can ensure smooth sailing. Pro tip: sit down with your friends and a good old-fashioned paper map a week or so before embarking on your trip, and plan out your basic route based on what you want to accomplish most on your journey. Not only will this map serve as a rough idea of where you’re headed, but it will also be an awesome post-trip keepsake of your memorable adventure!

Spring 2020 was one for the books- and not in a good way! Now that summer is in full swing, we’re sure you’re super-pumped to be hitting the road on an epic trip with your favorite companions. We urge you to keep social distancing and safety guidelines in mind, such as wearing a mask, staying at least six feet away from people you meet along the way, and avoiding large crowds, along with the rest of these helpful hints for increasing the chances of road trip success. We hope you enjoy the long-awaited taste of freedom that a road trip can offer you and your travel companions after months of lockdown boredom. By keeping these road trip tips in mind, you’re in for the vacation of a lifetime!

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