Most of the times road trips are only fun in movies. If you are used to driving long distances regularly, chances are you won’t get too excited for another week on the road. Nevertheless, there are plenty of ways to help time pass faster and reach your destination safely.
Establish a comfortable driving time
If you have a long road ahead, the smartest choice is to divide it into a few driving days with as many hours of driving as you feel comfortable. There is no point in testing your limits behind the wheel if you want to avoid exhaustion, fatigue, and accidents.
Although it may take a bit longer to reach your destination, if you want to stay safe you shouldn’t drive more than 7-8 hours a day. A ten-hour driving day will only work if you had enough rest the previous night and you ate well.
Use smart tools
If you don’t know exactly how to get to your destination or you’re looking for alternative routes, it is best to use GPS apps such as Google Maps or Waze to guide you. What we like the most about the latter is that it provides detailed and real-time information about the road, including roadkills, traffic jams, potholes, and even alerts you about police patrols.
Take breaks as often as possible
Whether you travel alone or with a companion, breaks are mandatory for your sanity and your health. As a general rule, you should take a ten-minute break every two hours of driving or 130 miles. We suggest stopping at gas stations or crowded places where you can get something to eat or drink.
If you travel alone at night and use highways or back roads, you should consider making fewer stops for your own safety.
Eat, sleep, drive
As we’ve previously stated, catching a good night’s rest before your road trip is mandatory if you want to stay focused and avoid mistakes. No matter the hour you decide to start your journey, make sure you have enough sleep before.
Also keep in mind that during “dead hours” (dawn and dusk) it may take longer for your eyes to adjust to the new lighting conditions, which could increase the possibility of an accident.
Another way to stay focused on the road is to have a light meal or snack before you get into the car and drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking sodas or sugary beverages as they will only make you more agitated and anxious. Coffee is almost the norm for all drivers but avoid large quantities at once as they will get you dehydrated and may even mess up your reflexes.