A road trip can be one of the most fun and rewarding ways to travel. It gives you the freedom to explore and enjoy at your own pace and it’s always a great bonding opportunity.
If you want to make sure you’re fully comfortable during such a trip, it’s best to take the time to make all the proper plans in advance. That way you’ll have everything that you need with you and you won’t need to worry even if some sort of emergency does come up. Having this peace of mind, allows you to focus on the trip.
Pack all the Documents Beforehand
If you plan to go on a trip abroad you’re going to need a permit issued by the: International Drivers Association (IDA). International permits are valid for a year and they allow you to drive or rent a vehicle in a foreign country.
Keep in mind that this permit is only valid if you have a national license with you and if it hasn’t expired either. This is something that you should check on before the trip since there are fines for those driving with an expired permit.
Make Sure Everything is Charged
Take the time to charge all of your devices before the trip. This includes portable batteries that you could use to recharge the devices on the road. It’s best to plug in the devices the night before and to pack them on the morning of the trip itself.
This isn’t only about making sure you’re comfortable and entertained during the trip. It can also help with navigation since you’ll need to use your phone or your tablet to access maps in case you get lost.
Check Your Tires
The most common car trouble you can face is a flat tire. In some cases, there’s nothing you can do about it, but in many, a flat tire is something that can be foreseen. Make sure to check your tires regularly and to change them at the proper mileage. A short trip to a mechanic can help you spot a problem with an old tire before you’re on the road and have to fix it on your own.
Having a spare tire and the equipment needed to change it is also essential. It’s also important that you know how to do it and to make sure you’re safe on the road while doing it.
Get Enough Sleep
It’s often overlooked how important sleep is, for road safety. It’s sometimes stressful to prepare for a trip and that can lead to losing sleep, but try to stick to your schedule and prepare in advance. That way you can use the day before the trip to rest.
It’s also important to make enough stops and to make them a part of your itinerary from the start. It’s best not to drive for more than 2 hours without taking a break and resting for about 20 minutes. That way you can stay safe and vigilant on the road.