When preparing for a road trip, there are a lot of things that you’re going to need to figure out and put together. With so much going on in your brain, it’s common for people to forget something about their road trip preparation that will end up making their trip a lot more difficult or take away from some of the fun. So to help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, here are three things to remember when taking your next road trip.
Keep Your Car As Clean As You Can
On a regular basis, you might not be someone who’s particularly worried about how clean your car is. But when you’re able to leave on a road trip, it’s a good idea to give your car a nice clean and to try to keep it as clean as you can while you’re traveling. According to Ed Hewitt, a contributor to Smarter Travel, cleaning your car before you take off and getting rid of the mess every evening will help to keep your space organized and feel less cramped. Additionally, if you were to get in an accident, having less in the car will help keep you from getting injured by flying objects.
If you haven’t got a suitable car but you still want to take a road trip, it might be worth looking at renting a vehicle for your trip. There are different types of vehicles that you can rent depending on the terrain you will be driving. For example, here in Iceland, the campervans that you can rent from places like Rent.is are commonly 4×4 to make driving off-road easier, so make sure you do your research on the destination before hand
Find The Right Cruising Speed
Depending on the type of road trip you’re undertaking, you might be interested in just getting to where you need to be as quickly as possible. For other types of road trips, you may find yourself spending a lot of time on the road enjoying the sights and scenery around you. Whatever type of road trip you find yourself taking, it’s important that you find the right speed to cruise along the road at. According to Brian Roberts, a contributor to Forbes.com, you should try to pick a speed that doesn’t cause you to use the brakes or gas too often. Doing so will cause you to lose gas mileage and force you to stop to refuel more often.
Stay Focused On The Present
When you’re spending a lot of time in the car, you might be tempted to distract yourself with things like your devices or preparations for when your trip is over. However, doing so could cause you to overlook the experiences you can and should be having on your trip. With this is mind, Suzy Strutner, a contributor to the Huffington Post, recommends that you limit things like making outside phone calls so that you can focus on the present and truly enjoy the trip you’re taking. Doing work or reaching out to people who aren’t on this road trip with you could pull you too far away from what’s going on on this road trip right now.
If you’ll be taking a road trip soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you have the best time on the road.