Hitting the road this summer? If so, you’re not alone. All the reports are saying the worst thing you could possibly do not only for your wallet but for the environment is take the classic American road trip. The trouble, however, is that it’s just too tempting to not go. With gas prices getting worse every year, most people worry that if they don’t do it now, things will get bad to the point where it will be a journey of the past, no longer possible with new restrictions and inflated prices for gas and oil. If deciding to go against the grain and head out on your road trip anyway, there will be certain things you will need. Try consulting this helpful list before heading out the door.
A tune up. Before even thinking about a road trip, be sure you have a vehicle that can support the drive. It will be a good idea to get regular oil changes and light maintenance while on the road, every 2,000 miles or so. It’s important to check up on the car far more often when driving more than 300 miles per day over an extended period of time, since the wear and tear can be detrimental to your car’s engine very quickly. A good idea might be to try a national chain where they give you a punch card for every time you change the oil. That way, no matter what city you’re in the 5th change is free!
Wireless internet. Taking along a laptop computer might seem unnecessary, but when travelling the power of having wireless internet is invaluable. Many cities across the country like Las Vegas, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Houston and more have 4G wireless internet which is a wireless service that works all around town. If you aren’t familiar with this new kind of wireless broadband, check it out and have an automatic connection to look up local events, directions, attractions, hours and more anytime you like.
A global positioning system (GPS). Even if working with 4G wireless internet, keep in mind it’s not available in every city yet. If you use your mobile broadband connection to look up the direction of a museum, for example, you can easily program that into a GPS and have a technology enhanced navigation system that works entirely to your advantage, saving you time, gas money, and many stressful hours lost in the middle of nowhere.
Cell phone. There’s nothing worse than breaking down, except breaking down in the middle of nowhere and being stranded without a phone. Be sure to have a charged phone with you before taking off on any long stretch of the trip!
Roadside assistance. If you don’t already have an insurance that sends you roadside assistance, sign up for something like triple A before leaving. No matter where you are in the country, assistance will be sent should you run into a problem with your vehicle. If such service is included in your insurance, be sure to check the fine print and be sure that there are no limits or geographical barriers on your policy.