Summer Road Trip Dos and Don’ts

Road trips are one of America’s great summer traditions, but there’s a fine line between a fun and memorable journey and one you’d rather forget. Here are some summer road trip dos and don’ts to make sure you get the most out of your trip!


Road Trips Dos

Plan it out – Although hitting the open road and seeing where it takes you might sound romantic, in reality it’s not practical. Where you stay, buy gas and get food are important considerations to think through beforehand. You don’t need to have every mile of your trip planned out, but even a loose itinerary will make for a more enjoyable time.

Use checklists – There’s nothing worse than being well into a trip, and suddenly realizing you forgot your phone charger or another key necessity. To avoid forgetting something, create a checklist for yourself. It might seem tedious, but even the most careful people can benefit from a checklist. Even experienced professionals in the medical field  regularly use checklists to reduce mistakes!

Inflate your tires  – Properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by .6% to 3% according to the Department of Energy. It’s important to note that “properly inflated” does not mean inflating your tires to the maximum PSI listed on their walls. Instead you should use the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure which is usually found in the driver side door jam on most vehicles.

Bring a paper map – A physical map can be a great backup in case your phone dies, and it also doubles as a fun way to remember the trip. Huffington Post recommends charting your progresswith a large permanent marker and then hanging it in your home for a unique keepsake.


Road Trip Don’ts 

Don’t expect everything to go smoothly – No matter how well you’ve prepared or how carefully you’ve planned your route, something unexpected might go wrong. Try to have a positive attitude and remember that today’s tough spots could be tomorrow’s funny stories.

Don’t drive over the speed limit– Not only is it safer to drive the speed limit, it’ll save you money. According to the Department of Energy, 50 miles per hour is the most efficient speed. Each 5 mph above that is like paying 20 more cents per gallon of gas.

Don’t drive for more than 2 hours without taking a break – AAA recommends taking a 15-minute break after every 2 hoursof driving, and not driving for more than 8 hours in a single day. Tired driving causes 1 in 5 accidents on major roads, so follow these guidelines to be as safe as possible!


Be safe and have fun this summer using these dos and don’ts of a great road trip.  Have any trip tips of your own? Share them with us in the comment section!