A student’s guide to a safe road trip

There is no better way of spending the summer break than hitting the road with your friends. Settle on a route that will enable you to take fun and adventurous breaks, a bit of sun and surf, some nature hikes, and a cool party or two. But don’t forget that when it comes to the road trip, safety is always first. You need to make sure that you get everything ready for the big trip, and to stay safe while driving. And this article is here to help you do just that. Let’s start!

Lock in the route

A lot of it depends on the route that you choose, from the active driving intervals to deciding on accommodation and knowing where the gas stations are. So sit down with your friends and decide where you want to go. If you are in Australia, choosing the Indian Ocean Drive is always a good option. You’ll get to see stunning natural parks, and feast on fresh crayfish in Geraldton and tropical fruit in Carnarvon, not to mention swimming with whale sharks, manta rays and turtles in Ningaloo Reef. The ideal Australian Road trip.

On the other hand, if Europe is your playing field, taking the highway down the Mediterranean coast is always great fun. You’ll get to party at some of the best clubs on Cote d’Azur and spend your days relaxing on Italian, French and Spanish beaches. For the US, Route 66 is the way to go.

 

Time to get your car ready

The most important thing when it comes to a road trip is having a good, sound vehicle. Your car needs to be checked out and safe for driving; then and only then, can you set off exploring the world. Even if you know a bit about cars, it is always better to have a professional have a look at it. Of course, not everyone has time to take their car to the mechanic shop, especially if it is time for finals.

So why not do as most Australian students do before setting off from Perth on the Indian Ocean Drive? Contact your local mechanic in Perth and have them drop by and perform all the necessary checks right in your driveway while you stay home and study. They can check the fluid levels, tire pressure and everything else relevant for car safety. That way you can go on your road trip without worrying about whether or not you might suffer any car issues on the way.

Make sure you don’t drive tired

A student road trip can be quite exhausting, and getting behind the wheel after a full day at the beach is not a smart move. You need to be rested and alert when driving. So make sure you make accommodation arrangement after each major stop so that you can rest and carry on the next day. You can opt for low-cost motels or simply bring a tent. Although energy drinks might keep you awake during your exam cramming, on the road they are not the best choice.

So instead of drinking a bunch of oversweetend energy drinks, opt for a couple of hours of good sleep and you will be ready to continue your road trip. That way both you and your passengers can get to your desired destination unharmed.

Make sure you don’t run out of money

Break up your road trip budget on essential and non essential costs. You need to have gas money for the entire trip, so until you get home safely. You will need accommodation fees, make sure you count that in, you might get some discounts if you book in advance. Don’t forget, some locations you want to visit might have an entrance fee.

Finally, you need your food money, and you should ensure that you eat healthy on the road. Being cheap when it comes to food can lead to food poisoning and other not-so-comfortable stomach issues. And don’t forget to set aside the money for an emergency fund. This should be in cash, in case you end up in the middle of nowhere and there is no ATM in sight. As for party money, that part is up to you! Just don’t use funds you set aside for essentials on drinking and dancing, or else you might end up having trouble getting back home.

 

You are now ready for an adventure of a lifetime, and more importantly, by adhering to these tips you will have a fun, yet safe, journey and make a lot of unforgettable memories on the road.

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