Here are our top road trip tips! Road trips are officially back! In the age of COVID, traveling by car, truck, SUV, RV, etc. is once again en vogue. According to a recent US Travel Association survey, 67-percent of participants said they plan on taking some form of a road trip in the next six months. Due to ongoing health concerns associated with crowds and enclosed spaces, many people are choosing to opt-out of traveling via mass transportation carriers this year. The AAA projects air, bus, train, and cruise reservations will be down 75 to 85-percent year-over-year.
Health and Safety Tips For Your Road Trip
Health risks and uncertainties related to mass transit at the moment have lowered gas prices. Additionally, government stimulus checks are contributing to the surge in demand for road trips. Many of us working remotely, or not working at all. Road trips provide an excellent way to escape the rigors of our “new normal”. While maintaining health, safety, and social distancing protocols as possible. In this month’s blog, we break down five safe and healthy road trip tips. These are to consider in the age of COVID and beyond. After being cooped up for months, there’s no better time than the present to hit the open road. Many in search of some fresh air and excitement.
1. Always Plan Ahead During A Road Trip
Even during more “normal” times, planning ahead will always be near the top of any list of road trip tips. Mapping out your route, calculating gas mileage, and plotting out fuel/rest stops, toll booths. Additionally, planning any leisure activities along the way should be the first step in planning any road trip. Planning ahead also means making any reservations well in advance. Also, being aware of any area closures, special operating hours, and health protocols due to the pandemic. It may seem like a bit much, but with the plethora of tutorials, apps, and online tools available nowadays. Putting together a safe, cost-efficient, and most importantly, fun, a road trip is easier than it’s ever been.
2. Routine Service & Scheduled Maintenance
Making sure your car is up-to-date on all of its scheduled maintenances is essential before any road trip. The last thing you want is to have a breakdown on a deserted highway in the middle-of-nowhere. Aside from regular oil changes, battery inspections, fluid top-offs, and more. You or your mechanic should visually inspect your entire vehicle for any damaged or worn components. Keeping your automobile in great shape will not only help ensure a safe, hassle-free road trip. Also, it will help maintain your vehicle’s longevity, fuel economy, and overall performance. We urge all motorists to bring your car, to our ASE certified automotive technician. Do this for a quick inspection before driving off on your next adventure.
3. Don’t Forget to Rest & Hydration
Getting plenty of rest and staying well hydrated are more than just handy road trip tips, they are vital to reaching your destination safe and sound. According to the NHTSA, more than 38,000 people die each year on the road in car accidents, with more than 6,000 fatal crashes being than a direct result of drivers falling-asleep-at-the-wheel. Getting the proper amount of rest and hydration has been scientifically proven to maximize levels of energy and alertness while driving. The experts recommend stopping every two-hours or 100-miles to rest. Maintaining a sufficient level of sleep and hydration also helps fortify your body’s immune system, which is crucial in defending yourself against the Coronavirus.
4. Pack the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
In these unprecedented times we find ourselves in, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, face shields, and any other personal protective equipment are the new “don’t leave home without it” items we carry with us whenever we leave the house. Also, don’t forget the disinfectant wipes and/or cleaning products. At some point, you, your family, or your group of buddies will have to eventually exit your car or truck and come into contact with potentially infected people or surfaces. Whether it’s a gas pump nozzle, an ATM machine, a restaurant counter or public restroom, COVID, or not, having disinfectant wipes in your vehicle ready-to-go should be an on everyone’s list of road trip tips.
5. Healthy Snacks For Your Road Trip
Last but not least on our list of road trip tips is packing healthy snacks and refreshments. Fresh fruits carrots, jerky, nuts, popcorn, and protein bars, among many others, are great portable snacks to bring along for the ride. Munching on these nutrient-rich snacks throughout your journey will help keep you alert, energetic as well as boost your immune system. Not to mention the fact your food options on the road typically consist of unhealthy gas station snacks or fast food. Bringing your own healthy collection of munchies will also help minimize exposure to the gas station and restaurant employees, patrons, and surfaces.
The road trip renaissance is real. In case you needed any more evidence, according to Car and Driver, RV and motorhome sales and rentals are “booming” due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Like much of the country, North Carolinians are ready, willing, and able to travel. Do you have any questions regarding your next road trip? Would like to bring your vehicle in for an inspection? Contact us today or stop by for a visit.