Have you ever been in a 22-hour non-stop drive (except for some dash to the CR, gasoline stops and changing drivers)? A friend of our just arrived from one and although it was a grueling and tiresome trip, he’s still in cloud nine because he was able to watch his favorite team, Packers, win the Super Bowl championship – live in Arlington, Texas. (They actually headed off to Texas last Thursday evening and stayed in a friend’s unit in Dallas so it’s actually almost 44 hours of travel back and forth.) Such a fanatic huh?
Prior to going there, they had their Chevrolet Silverado checked and undergo thorough tests in preparation for the trip. When they arrived in Dallas, they again dropped by a Dallas auto repair shop to see if some brake job is needed because they had experienced some pedal vibration on the way there. Uhm, I’m not really sure if I got that term right. What I just wanted to point out is that you need to have your cars or vehicle thoroughly checked prior to driving on long trips.
I’d also like to share with you some tips for long drives (especially cross-country):
- Check your routes in advance especially when you get to the snowy states
- Give time allowance for those instances when you see something interesting that you’d like to stop and look at (or probably take pictures).
- Keep your cellphone charged (but no texting while driving, ok?).
- Watch out for road signs especially in metropolitan areas where you need to make lane changes just to keep going straight.
- Don’t wait for your tank to be almost empty before stopping for gas. Take into consideration some unforeseen circumstances that might stop you from getting the gas when you need it (like rerouting, accidents, traffic or constructions).
- Always make sure that you have some flashlights, first aid kits, chains, small shovel, blankets or sleeping bags, extra food and drinks – just in case. Extra tires and tools are given.
We’re also planning to do some cross-country driving probably in March or April so I’m sharing these tips so that I could look back at them too when we already need it. LOL!