Preparing for Your Cross Country Road Trip
|February 8, 2012||Posted by under Places|
Driving across the country is something that everybody needs to experience at least once. It is an experience unlike any other that you will take. While some people simply hop in the car and go, though, itís better to do some prep work ahead of time to make sure the trip goes smoothly. Here are a few tips to help you make sure that you are properly prepared to drive from coast to coast.
Make Sure You Are Properly Insured
Some insurance policies only cover you while you are traveling within a certain radius of your home. This could be problematic for something like a cross country road trip. For a trip of that scope you want to make sure that youíre covered with a company like†21st.com,†no matter how far from home you are.
The best way to ensure that youíve got the best and most affordable coverage possible is to talk to your insurance agent. He or she will be able to make sure that you are properly and affordably covered no matter where you are in the country.
Pay a Visit to the Mechanic
Before you go on any sort of extended trip, particularly one that involves driving thousands of miles across the country, you need to get your car checked out and tuned up. You want to make sure that everything is up to par and in proper working order. Even if you havenít had a problem with the car before, at least get it looked at. That way, if a problem is developing, you can get it fixed before you go (and not have it take you by surprise while you are on the road).
Road trips are expensiveóeven if you plan on sleeping in your car (not recommended as itís bad for your body), the cost of meals and gas can be insane. To cut down on costs, stock up on plenty of snacks and drinks (especially bottled water) before you leave. Hit the Costco and buy a few things in bulk. Itís also a good idea to get at least one gas canís worth of gas to keep in the caróthat way you donít have to worry about running out in the middle of nowhere. Having extra oil, and coolant with you is also a good idea.
You donít have to plan every second of your trip. It is a good idea to have at least a few planned stops along the way. This will keep you from putting hundreds or even thousands more miles on your car than you had planned. It will keep you from going over budget. Plusóit gives you a goal and a direction to drive in each day. Sure exploring is fun. But planning to see at least a few things keeps everybody on track (and cuts down on any arguing that might happen over what to go see next).
Driving across the country is a wild ride to be sure and it is definitely something that you need to do at least once. Use these hints to help you make sure that your trip is as safe and budget friendly as possible. Pro Tip? Always make everybody at least try to use the bathroom at every place you stop. This will prevent unexpected bladder emergencies from cropping up while youíre in the middle of nowhere!
CC Sara Collaton