Road Trip America Informative - Your next roadtrip
Travel by automobiles on your vacation is definitely making a comeback.
AAA reported record numbers of Americans have chosen to take their cars, despite the raising gasoline prices.
I have been driving to my vacation destinations since 2000.
Here are some tips that will help you with your next road trip.
1.Bring a cooler – Pack drinks, snacks, and sandwiches.
2.Bring blankets/Pillows – For longer road-trips. This allows the passengers to sleep more comfortably.
3.Bring reading materials – it help pass the time.
4.Bring video games/portable DVD player – These will keep the little guys distracted.
e.g. We got the new slim PS2 (size of hardcover book) with all his video games and Disney movies.
5.Bring emergency kits – flashlight, flares, jumper cable, etc. You can get them at local auto parts store.
6.Bring cell phones – Keep the teens busy and helpful in case of emergency.
7.Roadside assistance – Make sure you have AAA and/or Roadside assistance via insurance or new car.
8.Mix tapes and/or CD – Unless you have satellite radio and/or IPOD, it is a must driving thru rural area.
9.Join AAA – it is a good idea, you get discount rates for many hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
10.Stop frequently –All states have a welcome center. This is where you will find ideas about local attractions. You will also find coupon books for local restaurants and/or hotels.
11.Keep it 60MPH or less – Most interstates are 65/70MPH. You will save gas and avoid hefty out-of-state speeding ticket.
12.Get a GPS unit – they are cheap enough for the general masses and most contain details maps of continent of United States (some Canada and/or Mexico). Most also have directions for gas station, restaurants and hotels. It is very useful if you are in an unfamiliar area.
13.Bring a paper map as backup.
Here are couples of safety tips.
1.Follow the crowd – park your car in well-lit and populated area.
2.Some rest areas have over-night security. It is a good idea to stop there after dusk.
3.Avoid road-side food/liquid. You can never tell if they are properly prepared and/or cooked.
4.Have a cell phone. In case you need to call for help.
That’s my 3 cents….