Planning a Road Trip
What’s your perfect summer getaway?
With the days getting longer and the school year winding down, June is the perfect month to plan your next vacation. For some people, this means relaxing on a tropical beach with white sand and turquoise water. Others prefer exploring new cities, cuisines and cultures. But there’s another type of trip that allows you to be a bit more spontaneous and flexible, and it’s typically a bit easier on the wallet as well.
You don’t have to go far to get away.
It’s very easy to take for granted the things we see every day. We’re living fast-paced lives, and between work and kids and home maintenance, our to-do lists are endless. We get caught up in thinking tomorrow, everything will be the same. But if you ever stop and look around, you’ll realize how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful state. Virginia offers some pretty outstanding opportunities to take a scenic drive, between the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and its numerous other scenic highways and byways. There’s also several themed heritage and history trails to explore.
In this digital age of instant gratification, there’s something sweet and nostalgic about packing up a picnic basket, taking your mind out of overdrive, and just setting out on a journey with no expectations.
Are you ready to break out that road atlas and start planning your next adventure yet?
Things to do before you go:
Before you jump in the car and go, it’s wise to create a checklist and make sure you’ve taken some basic safety precautions so you don’t end up in a roadside pickle.
You’ll want to make sure your vehicle isn’t overdue for an oil change or in need of any other scheduled maintenance. You might even want to just go ahead and get a tune-up so you have that extra peace of mind.
Be prepared with supplies in case of an accident or some other kind of predicament. It’s not a bad idea to keep an emergency kit inside your car at all times. It doesn’t have to be elaborate – just a flashlight, first-aid supplies like Band-Aids and ibuprofen, and some basic tools. Also, make sure you have at least one or two cell phone chargers and keep them easily accessible (i.e. not in the trunk). Last, bring some cold bottled water and snacks like protein bars or trail mix.
Pack smart. Putting too much weight in the car isn’t good for your gas mileage. And really, it’s not necessary to have eight pairs of shorts for a three-day trip. Pack like you would for a carry-on flight – just the basic necessities.
If your car doesn’t have navigation, a portable system will help make it easier to find nearby gas stations and restaurants. Traffic-enabled devices can warn you ahead of roadway congestion. Also, in case of an emergency, a navigator can help direct emergency services to your exact location.
And just in case the navigation system fails or you have no wireless service, a big old-fashioned road atlas will come in pretty handy.
If you’re driving with kids, make sure you pack enough (non-messy) snacks, water and travel games to keep them occupied during your journey. Kids aren’t usually as enthusiastic about being in the car, but there are ways to make it fun and exciting for them.
Last but not least, make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before the trip.
How we can help:
Should you run into any issues on the road, your Legal Resources plan can help with:
- Infractions and misdemeanor traffic offenses
- Questions about car insurance policy provisions
- General consultation and advice
We encourage you to contact your Plan Law Firm if you have any questions or need to set up a meeting. And have a great summer!