Road trips have an allure that is almost tangible. The open road stretching in front of you, the freedom to come and go as you please, the wind in your hair as you speed into the unknown… it’s an adventure you can almost taste. Before you give in to the magic of a self-driven adventure, check out these top trip tips to keep yourself on the straight and narrow.
Divide and Conquer
Play to the strengths you and your travel companions possess. Figure out who has a talent for navigation, who’s the best DJ, who’s got the concentration for long stretches behind the wheel and who’s the snack master – and put them in charge of that particular task. That way, no one is stuck with all the work and everything will get done well and efficiently.
Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s
Make sure you have everything in place. That means your license is in your wallet and your registration and insurance are in your glove box – and you can grab it all at a moment’s notice (nothing is worse than a police officer tapping his foot impatiently as you rifle through old receipts and random paperwork in search of the documents he’s just asked for). Additionally, it’s a good idea to pay off any parking or traffic tickets you have looming over your head. If you get pulled over and anything is amiss, it could bring your road trip to a grinding halt – and that’s no fun for anyone.
Make Your Phone Fun
Silence may be golden, but it is also the… err, silent killer of road trips. Don’t leave yourself audibly stranded when conversation dies down because the only thing you can find to listen to on the radio is static and there are miles to go before your next stop. Make sure you pack your phone full of entertainment such as music, podcasts, audio books and streaming apps like Spotify (and don’t forget to download some things for when service is shoddy).
Invest in the Best Car Excess Insurance
This tip is crucial to anyone who is road tripping in a rental car. When you hire a vehicle and it gets stolen or damaged, many rental companies will charge you an arm and a leg for any excess costs – even if you’re not at fault. To ensure headache-free travelling, it’s important to shop around and get the best car excess insurance possible. That way, if some unforeseen accident does occur, you’ll be able to remain calm, collected and covered.
These road trip tips should ensure smooth sailing (and driving) on your next cross country adventure. Now what are you waiting for? Break out those cheesy pop hits from your youth and stock up on petrol station snacks. The open road awaits!
Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let’s Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and his expertise in providing the ideal insurance cover allows them to do just that. If you’re looking for the best car excess insurance Let’s Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.