Does the idea of hitting the open road appeal to your sense of fun?
Whether you have a specific itinerary in mind, or this was a spontaneous idea, hitting the open road is an excellent way to get away from all of life’s little headaches – at least for a little while.
And let’s not forget about feeling the wind in your hair, watching the scenery fly by, listening to your favorite music and playing the top 10 road trip games with your family.
It’s always been said that “getting there is half the fun.” But did you know that hitting the open road can have beneficial effects on you mood too?
Take it from this writer that absolutely LOVES hitting the open road with her family – even if it’s only for a day or two.
To help ensure a fun and safe drive when hitting the open road, Hegarty-Haynes Insurance recommends that you heed the following advice before you switch your vehicle into drive:
Make Sure Your Vehicle is in Sound Shape
Imagine what would happen if your vehicle wasn’t in sound working order. It could literally signify the end of your road trip before the fun ever gets the chance to begin. And…I know you don’t want that!
It is highly recommended that you (if you’re mechanically inclined) or a mechanic inspect your vehicle’s fluid levels, tires, lights, brakes, wiper blades and belts as well as hoses for any signs of trouble.
Stock an Emergency Road Kit
In the spirit of precaution – should you encounter any unforeseeable troubles – you should pack your car with an emergency road kit. One that contains the following essentials only:
- Bottled water
- Jumper Cables
- First Aid Items (band aides, gauze, Neosporin, etc.)
- A Flashlight
- A Pocket Knife
- A Multipurpose Tool
- Tire Sealant
- Duct Tape
- A Few Energy Bars (one or two for each passenger)
Mobile Phone and GPS (or map book)
What if you get lost? Or you run out of gas? Or you’re running late to your destination? It’s always a good idea to keep a cell phone with you at all times for these very reasons. One preferably equipped with GPS.
If your phone isn’t equipped with GPS, carrying a map book in your glove box, or purchasing an external GPS can save you a lot of unneeded aggravation and time during your journey.
Don’t Forget the Snacks
Bringing easy (non-messy) snacks and drinks on your road trip can help you avoid the dreaded “Mom…I’m hungry” statement from your children.
Best of all, it will save you money by reducing your need to stop at every fast food joint or convenience store along the way, thus providing you with more money to spend on souvenirs.
Apps and Roadside Help
Downloading such apps as Gas Buddy – which can direct you to the nearest and cheapest gas station – or subscribing to a road side assistance organizations – which offers assistance should your vehicle break down – can provide you with the peace of mind you need while you’re on the road.
Have a fun and safe trip!!!