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Published: April 10th 2020
Once this Corona virus
has run its course, were you planning an epic road journey that could take you and family around the country? Or maybe it's just your own little getaway. A road trip is going to be the perfect way to experience our great outdoors, and cure the cabin fever you have likely developed! When it is time, planning a trip like this will support your health and wellness along the way. Maybe start planning right now - it gives you something to look forward to!
Nothing is more patriotic than a trip to see the sights and experience the delights of America! What might be more fun than traveling around to see all of the stunning, beautiful sights that this great country has to offer? If you're an obsessive planner with an itinerary planned down to the minute - or a more spontaneous, live-in-the-moment sort, it's critical to make sure you're ready for anything that might happen along the way. Here are some of the many considerations you need to have along the way, just so that you avoid accidents, stay safe, and have a wonderful time.
Were you sealed up?
Even when your car is fairly new and in excellent condition, there is still a chance that something could go wrong. That chance is magnified when you drive miles and miles every day. The heat and wear on your vehicle is magnified on big trips! Minor problems such as flat tires and batteries in need of a jumpstart can cause a minor inconvenience and delay your travels for a few hours. And you could face a major catastrophe if anything big breaks down, leaving you stranded hundreds of miles away from home. One way to avoid the many difficulties along the way is to sign up for mechanical breakdown insurance
. That way, you have peace of mind that help is always just a phone call away.
Get a check-up
And while we are discussing car repairs, you should consider making a routine service appointment with your nearest auto repair center before you even hit the road. Your auto technician will change the oil of your vehicle, rotate the tires, check the amount of fluids and more to ensure that your car has a clean bill of health before your road trip begins. Not getting your car checked out before you embark on your journey could make a serious situation for you and your passengers. So it's worth the time to complete this step.
Schedule Your Days, And Your Nights
As you consider a trip that might last days or possibly weeks, you might be tempted to try and see how many hundreds of miles you can clock in a day. And is is fun to get closer and closer to your next destination. However, please note that it is absolutely important that you begin every day well-rested, well-focused and ready to hit the road. That's just a safety thing. Trying to pull an all-nighter to save time or money can be risky, as a number of fatal injuries are caused by exhausted or disoriented drivers. Be sure to make regular stops in your travel plan.
Make sure to schedule your days in a way that will help you have your nights in the right places. Are you going to spend the nights at the kind of hotel / motel you want? After a long day of driving, rest is a must to keep everyone in a good mood. And what easier rest than a clean bathroom, a comfortable bed, a swimming pool or a Jacuzzi. Try using hotel fitness centers along the way to keep up with your workouts on a long trip. Even if you can do some quick stretches down in the hotel's fitness center or in the nearby park, you can make your trip a lot better! After a long time in the car, your body will thank you.
Plan your home
If you are the owner of your home, try to imagine the things that can wrong when you are away from your house for an extended absence. You can fix a lot of plumbing problems by turning the water off to your whole house. And if you don't, a leaky faucet will actually turn into a horrible life event. If you have a lease, that's not a concern - but if you're a homeowner, you certainly don't want to return to a home filled up with water. And if you turn off your water, be sure to also turn off your hot water heater! Yet plumbing isn't the only possible problem when you're gone for an extended period of time: do you have someone that can pick up your mail, or will you have a post office hold all of the mail? Do you have orders coming from Amazon.com? Are your lights set to a timer? Are your neighbors aware that you're gone? All of these are important factors when your home is unattended for an extended period of time.
Humans do not thrive in captivity-even if by choice. So consider planning a long road trip while gas prices are so low!
No matter where your road trip takes you this summer, we hope you have a holiday that you will remember forever! Remember to schedule ahead and be prepared for anything you may encounter, and you're going to have the best time ever!
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