It’s spring and it’s time to plan a trip. As the Washington Post reports, air travel is on the rise and likely to come back full force soon as more people are testing negative and getting vaccinated.
Yet road trips will always hold a special place in our spring and summer travels. If you’re planning your first road trip since the pandemic (or your first road trip ever), having a vehicle service contract (also known as extended car warranties) can help you have more peace of mind on the road. Here are other tips to take into account as you plan your first road trip 2021.
1. Go to the repair shop for a check up
Even if your car hasn’t shown any signs of a problem recently, get it checked out in case something is quietly malfunctioning. Remember that a road trip can put a lot of miles in your car and getting stranded on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, is horrible.
If after the diagnostic reading, there seems to be nothing wrong with your car, the mechanic can still perform a thorough inspection, like:
- Checking your fluids
- Checking your battery
- Checking your tires
- Checking your belts
- Checking your brakes
- Checking your components (like your struts, shocks, steering wheel, sensors, etc.)
- Checking your lights
You may do these checks on your own as well but having a professional do it can be worth it for extra security.
2. Decide where to go on your road trip
The open roads of American highways have been made iconic through films and books. In the U.S. you can go hundreds of miles without seeing a town or even another car. These are hours during which you can feel free and experience a sort of spiritual awakening.
If this is your first road trip, you may have trouble deciding where to go. Read our recent post for ideas on where to roadtrip this spring.
3. Keep covid state rules in mind
Some states have begun lifting restrictions and mandates while others haven’t. In Florida, you can skip masks. Meanwhile, Maine requires a negative coronavirus test to be able to freely visit the state.
You have to look up curfews, mask mandates and quarantine guidelines. Check the state websites of all the states you plan on visiting.
AAA has published a COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map to help you get a general look at what all the states are doing.
4. Plan your stops but leave room for detours
It’s always good to outline your trip with specific stops you can mark on your Google map or whichever GPS you’re using. You want to always know:
- Where to sleep each night
- Where the gas stations are and unique places to eat.
You don’t need to plan each day meticulously. The fun comes from discovering different things along the way. Prepare to be flexible and leave room for the unexpected.
An app called Roadtrippers can help you plan your stops.
5. Pack according to where you’re staying
If you’re going to be camping along your road trip, it’s good to pack foldable water containers you can fill up as necessary. You will also want to take a portable power station to be able to charge your electronics without needing your car to be on. On the other hand, if you plan on staying at Airbnbs or budget hotels, these things may not be necessary. Keep in mind that the less weight you have on your car, the better it performs
6. Think of must-haves you need for your car if there’s an emergency
There may be some inconveniences along the way that slow you down during your trip. It’s completely normal to have a bit of a set-back (from someone getting a minor cut on their arm to arriving at the hotel where you planned to stay and finding it closed).
Road challenges are unexpected but at the same time there are many common things that can happen during a trip. You should be prepared with essential items. Here is a list we’ve prepared of the 7 things you should keep in your car in case of an emergency.
7. Plan out your music playlist
Unless you like driving in complete silence, you’ll want to put together some songs for the trip. Having road trip music is important because it not only helps you concentrate while driving but it’ll also help mark many of the memories you have on the road, the soundtrack of the trip!
Many music apps have playlists available with road trip music, but it’s a lot more fun to create your own.
Consider buying Vehicle Repair Protection well before your trip
The right kind of car repair protection plan can cover you for any big repair that may happen along the way and give you the freedom to take your car to any repair shop.
In addition to that, Vehicle Repair Protection can give you access to great road trip perks like 24-hour roadside assistance and rental reimbursement anywhere in the U.S. There is a waiting period of one month before your coverage kicks in so be sure to look into getting VRP well ahead of your trip. How much an extended car warranty costs will depend on your vehicle.
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