Driving Long Distance


From New York to Atlanta, Chesapeake to Fort Lauderdale, and ventures that have taken me across the Smokey Mountains, driving long distance is my favorite means of travel. With an audiobook that keeps my interest, I enjoy seeing the yellow lines shoot towards me, then pass me by.  I’ve learned a few things about what to do to enjoy a safe trip, such as not getting out at an isolated rest stop in Texas with numerous posted signs that read, “Beware of rattlesnakes.” That trip taught me not to delay a rest stop. A few other lessons I learned, some the hard way, follow.

Before departure:

  • Insure the vehicle is maintained and safe
  • Get a restful sleep
  • Slowly stretch and exercise to prevent cramps and aches
  • Pack as much as possible the day before
  • Keep a pen and paper nearby to jot down things to be packed last minute
  • Review the route on a map (remember those things), even if using GPS
  • Search for favorite eateries or stopping points along the route
  • Prepare healthy snacks for the trip, especially things that take a while to eat one at a time, like grapes and nuts
  • Confirm reservations
  • Check the weather along the route and if there’s a potential for danger, don’t go
  • Borrow a number of audiobooks for company
  • Try on the driving outfit to insure it’s comfortable

Once on the road:

  • Be alert to signs of drowsiness and stop when they occur
  • Refuel when the vehicle is half empty
  • Allow more than adequate time so there’s no need to rush
  • When traffic aggravates, take a break
  • Sip cold water to stay alert
  • Work out or walk during rest breaks to refresh
  • Never get out of the car at a rest stop if something does not seem right
  • Avoid entering a rest facility alone
  • Do not leave items visible in the vehicle when it is parked
  • Always lock the vehicle
  • Let someone know when and where you stop
  • Enjoy the experience

Author: Phyllis Stewart

Blogging to the seasoned who do not view television as a primary mode of entertainment, who prefer being active over being sedentary, and who enjoy learning.

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