Today is National Road Trip Day – the Friday before Memorial Day that kicks off the summer road trip season. According to a survey conducted by the AAA last month, two-thirds of leisure travelers (64% percent) are planning to take road trips (vacations) this summer. Just last week, the Zeno Group conducted a study on what makes a good road trip. If you guessed having good music, audio-books or podcasts to listen to, you have joined 63% percent of those surveyed as the top two must haves for a successful road trip. Add to the list of other important considerations: having good snacks and drinks for the road, finding great places to eat on the way and finding clean bathrooms to use while traveling.
Road trips are best with a little planning. Look for travel apps, handly to map out stops ahead of time, saving you time and money. The Pilot Flying J app features an enhanced trip planner to filter locations by amenities, parking availability, fuel type, restaurants & food offerings, even shower reservations.
Don’t forget to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition to maximize safety during road trip season:
- keep up on scheduled oil changes – you will save thousands by maintaining your engine, and don’t forget the check the condition of your brake pads
- check your wipers and wiper fluid
- make sure your spare tire and jack are in place
- test all lights and signals to make sure they are working
- check the registration – don’t risk a ticket for having expired plates
Are you a tourist or a pilot road tripper? One likes to take time to check out unexpected sights and the other sets a course that avoids delays or side trips. If you have a driver and passengers with different road trip personalities, it is important to discuss compromises before getting behind the wheel. And don’t forget – driving while you are tired or sleepy is a hazard. If you are feeling drowsy, pull over and enjoy new places.
On National Road Trip Day, celebrate the open road that leads to places unknown – and enjoy the journey. The city streets and country roads await you!