There is nothing more exciting than taking a road trip, especially to a place that you are looking forward to seeing and experiencing. It is therefore important that you make the most of your time and put some time by before you leave to make sure that it is the best road trip you and your family or your fellow road trippers will ever remember.
Whether you are traveling by car or in a convoy of motorcycles, California is a fantastic state to visit and make the memories of a lifetime.
Make a ‘to see’ list
It is important before you set out on the Californian road trip that you draw up a list of all the places that you want to see over the course of your journey. This means that you will be able to plan your route accordingly so that you will not have to waste valuable time, money and gas going up and down the same roads or doubling back on yourselves due to missing an important attraction.
When you are planning your route, you will also have to make sure that the attractions that you are looking forward to visiting are open to the public, as well as having an idea of what their facilities offer regarding food, toilets, and opening hours.
Know the rules of the road
It is important that you know the rules of the road and even more so if you are going to be traveling by motorcycle. State road laws vary, and when you are driving across the country it is imperative that know what is legal in which state.
It is also a good idea to have the contact details of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer or a lawyer that is very experienced in all road traffic accidents such as therawlinsfirm.com in California as well as ones for the other states that you are driving through. This is because they are experts in the laws of their states and although they would be able to represent you for driving accidents in other states you are far more likely to get a better deal by using an attorney from the state where your accident occurred.
Get your vehicle roadworthy
For the sake of your insurance and possibly your own peace of mind, you should make sure that your vehicle (whether it is a car, a motorcycle or something else) is totally roadworthy and up for the trip that you are about to embark on.
The checks that should be carried out to make sure that your vehicle is ready to go can be carried out by you if you are competent and know what you are doing, but if you have any doubt in your own capabilities you would be wise to consult a qualified and experienced mechanic. Of course, there is an additional benefit of using the services of a qualified and experienced mechanic over trying to carry out these checks yourself and that is if there are any faults found then the mechanic will be able to rectify them for you rather than you have to spend time learning how to carry out the repairs yourself or then find a mechanic who is willing to take your word on what work needs to be carried out.
Provide on route entertainment for your kids
If you are traveling far by car and have a young family in the backseats, for the sake of your sanity and to forestall any arguments that may break out, you are going to want to make sure that there is some form of entertainment to keep your little one’s attention. Not only this but you are also going to have to plan additional stops for comfort breaks and leg stretches, so you will need to take this into your time frame.
The forms of entertainment can be spotting games or eye spy, or if you have onboard monitors you could put a film on for them to watch, or even just put some music on to sing along to. However, what you do not want is for the driver to be constantly distracted from the road as this is dangerous and could result in a road trip that is remembered for all the wrong reasons.