The summer is finally just around the corner, and that means that now is a better time than any to plan what your road trip will be. If you're still not sure what you want to do, look at it this way - the world is your oyster, and you can do whatever you want to do if you have the right circumstances. Take road trips, for example, what better way to explore than in your own vehicle, having the freedom to come and go as you please? If this sounds like something you want to do, then I'll cover some useful advice and tips for you to consider. There are some important questions you should answer before you hit the road.
It's good to have an idea ahead of time if you are with other people. Compromises will have to made and it's easier if everybody knows ahead of time what to expect. If you're by yourself then it's easy. I've driven over 2,000 miles on one weekend covering Death Valley all the way to the Redwood Forrest. I didn't have to ask anyone, but I can imagine it would be torture for anyone else if they're stuck in a car for that long of a drive.
The vehicle
First of all, you need to think about what your form of transport will be. Essentially you can use anything you want as long as it will hold the equipment you need for your travels. You can do this on your motorbike, or your car or truck. But if you're feeling super fancy, then take a look at some motorhomes for sale. These are the serious business that gives you a home on wheels, so you never have to worry about not having what you need, or how far the next stop will be until you can go to the bathroom!
Do a spot check on the engine fluids and tires
Always check to see if your engine fluids are the right amount and make sure your tires are good for the long haul. There's nothing worse than an engine breaks down and a flat tire on the freeway or worse yet, some unknown road hundreds of miles from civilization.
Carry spare tires and an emergency kit
This is self-explanatory. You should always have a spare tire (usually comes standard on all cars) and an emergency kit. It's better to be prepared than caught in the wrong place and at the wrong time. In fact, you should carry spare jackets in case you get caught in bad weather. I even carry a gallon of potable water and an extra gallon of gasoline just in case.
The Routes
While you may want to have a true adventure - meaning you aren't all that sure of where you're going - it's still important to have a basic idea so that you don't venture too far off, as this can lead you to all kinds of unnecessary trouble.
Have a think about how long you're planning on being on the road, as this will greatly determine how far you can go within the time frame you have. If you only plan on going for a weekend, you may want to stay a little closer to home, and focus more on camping out. But if you have a good few days or even weeks, then you can consider going into a whole new territory.
Take a break every few hours
It can get very boring and monotonous while driving. It's a good idea to stop every 2 to 3 hours to stretch after sitting for long periods of time. Fatigue can set in and will affect your driving.