As more and more states reopen fully, you might be craving a staple summer vacation: the classic road trip. While local, state, and national leaders continue to disagree on the dos and don’ts of summer travel, here are some things to consider before you hit the road.
Where Rubber Meets Road
Do Some Basic Trip Research
Are you taking the scenic route? Does your road trip require hundreds of miles on interstates? Will you be driving through large cities?
Mobile GPS apps do a great job of showing you the best routes from A to B while considering traffic patterns and mapping construction sites, but driving on unfamiliar roads and glancing down at that phone screen to check your location can increase your risk of an accident.
Get Your Car Checked Out
Before you take old faithful on a cross country trip, or even an extended local or regional family vacation, have a trusted mechanic take a look at your car’s battery, tires, fluids, and essential accessories like windshield wipers.
Pro tip: a spare set of jumper cables never hurts.
Consider Your Car Insurance
Driving your own car on this adventure? Good news: your insurance keeps you covered no matter what state you’re driving in. But not all car insurance is created equal. It’s good to take a moment and consider how much coverage you have on your vehicle.
Car insurance is essential, especially if you are spending more time in the car than usual. Regardless of past driving experience or limited financial resources, take the time to find car insurance that fits your needs.
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Shared Driving Responsibilities
To some, a solo road trip is the best. For many others, having some pals to share the memories (and the driving load) is a way to share the work and enjoy the journey a bit more.
Typically, your car insurance will cover you if you are behind someone else’s wheel, but there’s no guarantee that your coverage will extend to your buddy when they are driving.
Some policies allow you to add drivers to your insurance. Make sure to check if your car insurance covers additional drivers.
COVID Concerns for Road Trips During a Pandemic
Do Some Basic COVID Route Research
Though most states’ “stay at home” orders have been lifted, the list of behaviors and businesses that are encouraged or frowned upon is changing every day.
Make sure that trip to the ocean isn’t ruined by a “BEACH CLOSED” sign – take some time in your planning to check out which areas are open to the public, which require masks or other protective equipment, and which places are still shut down.
Check to see if COVID-19 is spreading in your local community or places in or around your destination, including any stops along the way. You can even take a moment to weigh the risks of each activity/adventure: does the area or activity allow you to stay socially distant?
Many younger people are willing to venture out for some good summer fun, so it’s easy to ignore the reality that this same age group can spread COVID-19 while exhibiting few to no symptoms.
Pack some cleaning supplies like hand sanitizer and bleach-based cleaner. Try not to share food and drinks with your friends and be sure to follow social distancing guidelines.
Get Your Health Checked
Just like your car needs a good once-over before hitting the road, make sure you are healthy enough for your road trip.
Schedule a checkup with your family doctor, or set up a Telemedicine appointment. Be sure to mention if you are experiencing any symptoms connected with COVID-19