Winter may be most known for its treacherous driving conditions, but spring also can be a difficult season for driving. From wind and rain to wildlife emerging from hibernation, spring driving can be challenging in its own right. Especially during spring break where there are extra drivers on the road. Here are our Xpert tips to help you on your spring break road trip!
#1 Check Over Your Vehicle Before You Leave On A Road Trip
Make sure all fluids are topped off, that you don’t need an oil change soon, and that your spare tire is in good shape.
#2 Research Before You Go
No matter the destination, travel is SO much easier when there’s a plan. Make sure you map out your travel routes & activities to avoid wasting time getting lost & stressing out.
#3 Take Turns
When you’re going on a road trip, take turns behind the wheel & make sure someone is sitting in the passenger seat. They can help keep you awake, aware, keep an eye out for traffic, and help with directions.
#4 Bring Snacks.
Pack lots of snacks that are easy to eat, keep energy levels high & don’t need to be refrigerated. You won’t regret it. Also bring a healthy snack, such as almonds or granola bars. They can help cut cost and will be a nice break from fast food or gas station snacks.
#5 Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
Deer, bears and other wild animals become more populous in the spring, as the warmer weather brings animals out of hibernation. Be alert for wildlife in the road, and slow down so you can stop safely if animals are on or near the roadway.
#6 Create A Playlist
Make sure you’ve updated your phone with upbeat music. Mellow music will make you tired on your road trip and tired drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. Don’t forget your car charger!
#7 Abide The Traffic Laws
Make sure you’re driving at a reasonable speed on your road trip route. A $600 speeding ticket will definitely put a damper on your spring break.
#8 Determine Mileage
Fuel is a major expense on road trips. Use a RTA Fuel Cost Calculator to see how much money & gas you will need for the whole trip.
#9 Keep An Eye Out
Two-wheeled vehicles also increase in popularity in the spring, so keep an eye out for motorcycles and bicycles and share the road. Bicyclists have the same rights as other vehicles on most roads. In particular, watch out for motorcycles and bicycles at intersections and in your blind spots when you are turning, passing or merging.