Road trips are always fun to go http://on…usually. Nowadays, there aren’t nearly as many people taking road trips as there once was because of the high gas prices as well as the number of people who are trying to save money by not driving their vehicles as much. There are various reasons as to why road trips are good as well as why they may not be such a hot idea.

For starters, road trips often end up costing you much more money than you initially may have thought. Think about it; you have to factor into the cost of a road trip, the cost for gasoline for your vehicle, possible costs for repairs to your vehicle that may be necessary during the road trip, vehicle maintenance prior to your departure (I.e. oil change, rotate and balance tires, etc.), the cost of food for the trip, the cost of lodging along the way, the cost for fuel/gasoline during the trip, and finally the cost for entertainment along the way.

When I think about road trips, I am often reminded of my own road trips that I make from North Carolina to Long Island. I have made the trip home from North Carolina to New York so often and for so long that it is simply ingrained in me as to what time I need to leave, what I need to bring with me, as well as what stops along the way are better than others in terms of getting gasoline and food. I guess you could say that I’ve got it down to a science now. For instance, when I am traveling by myself to New York (as I often do), I only stop once exactly half way in Maryland where I fill up on gasoline, use the bathroom and get right back on the road. Additionally, investing in an EZ pass has also helped to cut down on the amount of time that I spend on the roadways. What would normally take a family or even another individual ten or more hours only takes me between 8-9 hours simply because I am familiar with the roadways, alternate routes and rest areas.

When you are taking a road trip, especially if it is a road trip to somewhere you have never been before, it is important to do your research ahead of time. Thankfully, we have the Internet where you can join forums or reach out to others who have made similar road trips and can offer up various bits and pieces of advice to help you out with the planning and execution of your road trip. As a general rule, you should always, ALWAYS pack some sort of an emergency road trip or car kit. In this car kit, you should have items such as bandages, flashlights, a first aid kit, an extra pair of clothes, sweatshirt, sweatpants, gloves, batteries, and some non-perishable food items/water. You never know when you are going to need any of these items. For instance, the other day, I was just going out to a friend’s house when I realized that my feet were probably going to get cold. That’s when I remembered that I had an extra pair of socks in my emergency car kit. You never know!


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