A life of quarantine is not always fun. Many people have been suffering from anxiety and stress due to the situation of the global pandemic. A little time for a trip can be rewarding. Taking precaution before deciding to go outside can help you to stay safe. Planning a road trip with your family is possible especially before the winter hits. However, a safe family road trip needs to be taken with considerations.
Things to know before going on a road trip with family
Today, we travel differently because the changes brought by the covid-19. spontaneous trip seems impossible now because you have to take necessary cautions to make yourself and others safe. If you are planning for a vacation with your family, a road trip is not a bad idea. However, you still need to consider many factors.
Before taking a road trip, ensure that your families are healthy. If someone is sick, do not force yourself to include everyone. In fact, it is best to not travel at all if anyone is sick. Postponing your road trip is wise thing to do. Or, you can also get everyone in your family tested before taking a road trip even if everyone looks fine. It is for precaution.
Pay attention to the recommendations from the CDC. Thus, you will be informed of safe places to visit, what precautions need to be taken, what checkpoints you can pass, and news about border crossings. It is not responsible to just have a road trip without taking any necessary information. It will just put yourself and family in danger. Hence, always be thoughtful before planning your family road trip.
Use your own car (or rent a car if you don’t have one) instead of taking public transportation. A road trip with your small group of family is safer because you can limit interactions with other people, hence minimizing the risk of exposure to the virus. You can also rent an RV so you don’t have to stay in a hotel. You can just choose a safe place to park your RV and rest for the night comfortably inside.
Make sure to tune up your car before the trip. Your vehicle needs to be in the best condition if it is going to be used for a long-haul trip. Go to your mechanic to check on your car few days prior your trip. You might have your car sit around and undriven for extended periods which can cause many problems such as rusted brakes, uneven tires, etc.
Research your route in advance so you know exactly where you are going. Choose safe route even if it takes longer to reach your destination. Also, prepare a Plan B so you still have a backup plan if something if Plan A didn’t work. Don’t forget to wear mask and bring hand-sanitizer as well. Always practice social distancing even if you only stop at rest area or gas station. Limit your interaction with other people.