April 24, 2016

Summer Road Trip Hacks

Traveling throughout the United States during the upcoming spring and summer months can be an exhilarating feeling. Getting out on the open road, with some of your best pals can create memories that will last a lifetime. It's the time of the year that most of us look forward to. But, there are a few things you should keep in mind before, and during your commute to your travel destinations.

Plan, plan, and plan more

The number one thing that most vacationers neglect is careful planning. Most think that planning a hotel room, and planning your commute to your destination will be suitable enough for planning a successful vacation. Though these are great planning tips, you should stop to consider the activities you will partake in, while at your destination. Believe it or not, some motorists can spend unnecessary money and time traveling from their hotel to leisurely activities, taking a bite from vacationer's wallet and time spent away from home. It's a good idea to get a rough itinerary in place, and plan which activities you will partake in ahead of time, so you can maximize your time away from home.

Tackling differences

If you live in the mountainous areas, traveling to a beach area can pose different driving variables then you might be accustomed to. Weaving in and out of hills and windy roads might be a commonplace practice for your regular commute, so traveling to flatter terrains, with more open roads might pose a challenge for your driving skills. It's important to study the roads where you will be traveling, and ensure you are prepared for tackling the road ahead.

Weather

Additionally, most don't think about how the weather can have a large impact on how you commute to your destination. Just think about those beach commutes that you have taken in the past, where torrential rains have caused you to pull your family car to the side until the rains let up. Coastal, and other various areas that make up vacation destinations generally have different climates than those you might be used to. Prepare ahead of time, and study the weather conditions in the area to ensure you and your family are safe during your commute to your destination.

Save some change

It might seem like an uncommon thing to think about, but if you are traveling over state lines, do some planning ahead of time. For states like North and South Carolina, gas prices can significantly vary when one travels over the state line. Tax rates are different in every state. Be sure to plan out how long your car's gas tank will last, and plan your stops accordingly. You might be surprised how much money can be saved by carefully planning your stops. When traveling a long distance, the value in planning gas stops can really add up. Besides, who doesn't like to save a few dollars on the road?

Whether you are planning your trip across the country, or to a bordering state, planning is of the essence. It can save you much needed time and money during your commute. There are plenty of tips and tricks that can save you, and your friends and family time and money while on your commute to your destination. What are some practices you commonly partake in while commuting during the summer months?

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