Are you a recent high school graduate who will soon be headed to college? Perhaps you are an individual who is headed on your first road trip with friends, just for the fun of it. Whatever the reason for your upcoming adventure, from making reservations ahead of time to finding out about roadside assistance, here are some ideas that might help you to plan your first road trip. The success of your trip will more than likely depend a great deal on how you make a plan even before you leave your house.
Be Specific - Whether you are traveling alone, say going to college, or whether you are traveling with friends for the fun of it, it is still a good idea to be specific with your folks or somebody else you trust about what your plans are. In other words, it's just good to know that there is some accountability. For example, if you can make reservations for hotels along the way, consider letting a trusted person know where you will be staying, just in case you need to be reached. If you are planning to stay in somebody's home, obviously you'll want to let them know a close approximation of what your arrival plans are. Be specific about money matters, too. For example, if you use a credit or a debit card, let the company you use know that you will be using your card or cards in a different area of the country.
Plan Ahead - Even if you have a brand new car with all the bells and whistles that are available, you might still run into car problems. Something as simple as running out of gasoline could happen. So, plan ahead. Know where the best places will be to buy gasoline, know where there are repair shops along the way and know where there are places to buy tires, in case of a blow out or other tire problems. Finding out about available roadside assistance might be one of the smartest things you'll ever do. Your insurance company or your car dealership might be good resources to tell you the best way to access roadside assistance along the way. For that matter, you can purchase a roadside assistance plan even before you leave home. The company you select will more than likely even help you to plot the best route to your destination. More important, though, is the peace of mind that will come from knowing that there is help available to you twenty-four hours a day, in the event of trouble.