Not Inspecting Your Vehicle
First and foremost, without a fully-functioning car, your road trip may not be as smooth as you may hope. It’s essential to check your vehicle before hitting the road; considering you’re going to be on the road for miles on end, not checking your car could result in breaking down and having to pause everything for repairs. The best way to ensure that your vehicle is set and ready to do is to take it for a tune-up a week or so before you plan to head out.
Prepare for Emergency
Chances are, your road trip will go smoothly. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared if it doesn’t. If you want to avoid any standard road trip mistakes, invest in an emergency kit! This should include a first-aid kit, extra water and food, batteries, jumper cables, flashlights, and more. Anything that will ensure you have the best road trip one can have!
Down to a Tee?
Unless you’re the kind of person who wants to set out on a road trip without any sort of plan – a spontaneous trip – it’s always a good idea to make sure that you have some notion of where the roads are leading you. Both virtual and physical (yes, they still exist) maps are an excellent idea for doing this. That being said, try to avoid planning every single detail down to a tee. Leave room for adventure; it’s one of the best parts of a road trip!