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6 Vacation Driving Tips

16 Jul Blog | Comments

Whether you are flying, driving, taking bus or going on a cruise, going on a vacation takes planning. Driving in particular takes a lot of planning because you are responsible for everything. You need to know where you are going and how you are going to get there. You need to know if you will need to stop on the way there to get some sleep. You will also want to know if there is construction along the way. Keep reading for more tips about driving to your vacation destination.

  1. Depending on how long of a trip you are taking you should try to split the driving with someone else. By breaking up the driving with another person you can take a nap while he/she drives which saves time because you won’t have to stop as often.
  2. Getting sleep is very important. Napping is great for part of the day, but you still need to get your 8 hours of sleep at night. If you are driving a long distance you should find a hotel to stay at part way down so you are fresh for the next day’s driving.
  3. Using GPS is a great tool, but even the GPS is not perfect. The GPS could stop working, or send you on a route that would take you much longer than necessary. If you have AAA get a hold of them for a Trip Ticket. The Trip Ticket is a great tool because it also lists construction that is going on. If you don’t have AAA, consider getting it or at bare minimum you should map it out at home and print off any directions.
  4. Something else to keep in mind is cell phone laws. Every state and even from county to county has their own rules. So, you need to be aware of those rules to keep yourself from getting a ticket. This is similar to knowing the speed limit where ever you are traveling. The excuse of “I didn’t know” will not fly with most police officers.
  5. If you decide to use a rental car you will want to find out if you need to get separate insurance or if your insurance company will cover you no matter what you are driving. You should also make sure you know a little bit about the car you are driving. The last thing you need is to be driving in the dark and realize you don’t know where the headlights are or how to turn them on.
  6. Finally, stop often. If you have kids that probably won’t be much of an issue. Between potty breaks, needing to eat and just in general needing to stretch they will force the stops. However, if you don’t have kids you will want to remind yourself to stop and take breaks. You should stretch your legs, have a snack, and go to the bathroom. This is not only good for your body because it needs to move around, but this will also help you stay awake.

Driving to your vacation destination definitely has perks, like giving you a vehicle to get around town in, but it also comes with challenges, like staying awake. Be smart when you drive long distances and get plenty of rest so you can get there safely.

 

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