Road trips, whether you are driving across the US in a vintage convertible, or chugging across India on a motorcycle, are great fun when they go according to plan, but not so much fun when things go wrong. They key to success is to have a contingency plan in place, so even if things to go awry, you have a solution to deal with it. We love road trips and we don’t think you should stay at home just because of something that might never happen. Here are five things that could go wrong – and how to deal with them.
Serious illness is not uncommon, particularly if you are not in the best of health to begin with. As long as you are not in the middle of nowhere, you should be OK, so if you need urgent care in San Jose, don’t be afraid to call a medic.
To prevent illness from ruining your trip, avoid eating risky foods and take out travel insurance so your medical costs are covered (if you are travelling abroad). Remember, hospital care overseas can be prohibitively expensive.
Driving on unfamiliar roads can be dangerous, especially at night. Nobody wants to be in a car accident, but even if you drive cautiously, there is no guarantee that you won’t come across a crazy driver at some point on your trip.
Try to stay alert when on the road and make sure you have good insurance, just in case you are involved in an accident. Finally, don’t make the mistake of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Crimes against People or Possessions
Depending on where you travel, you could end up being the target of criminals. To avoid this from happening to you, be sensible at all times. Plan your route carefully and avoid driving through dangerous places, always secure your vehicle and belongings, and don’t pick up psycho hitchhikers.
Rental cars are generally very reliable, so you are unlikely to break down at any point, but if you do, the rental company will organize a replacement vehicle so you can continue your journey as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, do make sure you use a reputable company, or you could end up with a badly maintained vehicle that is not reliable at all.
If you are using your own vehicle, have it serviced and checked over before you set off. This should prevent any major problems.
Trying to Fit Too Much In
You’ve heard the saying that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, and this is a good mantra to keep in mind when taking a road trip. If you create an itinerary that includes too many things, you will only feel stressed and irritable as you try to fit everything in.
Instead, consider a few of the places that you would like to visit and give yourself plenty of time to get around with ease. Any gaps can be filled in once you are at your destination.
Careful planning is essential for road trips, so be organized, take everything you need, and above all, have fun!