Truckers and vacationers alike will be sharing the road in full force starting Memorial Day weekend.  Traffic will be heavier than usual due to more vehicles on the road and construction season starting in many parts of the USA.  With truckers anxious to meet deadlines and vacationers wanting to reach their destination the roads will get a bit crazy.

Here are a few things you can do to keep your sanity when taking a road trip.

  1. Map your route

Take a few moments to look up your route before you jump behind the wheel and blindly follow your GPS. With construction season starting take the extra time to plan your route so that you can avoid long detours or delays.

  1. Leave early

Traffic this time of the year is heavier than normal.  Plan-ahead and leave earlier than you think you need to.  Allow and additional 30 minutes to an hour to make sure you arrive to your destination on time.

  1. Pack healthy snacks

Being on the road can be a disaster for your health when it comes to eating healthy.  Don’t let the road trip knock you off track. Pack healthy snacks or plan where and what you will purchase fresh foods while on the road.  Friendly tip: If you don’t pack a healthy snack you can usually find a quick mart that stocks fresh fruits and nuts and bottled water.

  1. Stay hydrated

Keep your mind alert by staying hydrated.  Drink plenty of water while on the road.

  1. Plan for breaks

Staying hydrated (safety first) may require that you plan for extra potty breaks. Be sure to take time to get out stretch your legs and rest your eyes.

  1. Keep your eyes on the road

DO NOT text and drive.  I have seen too many disasters happen to distracted drivers.

  1. Get a good night’s sleep

Make sure to get a good night’s sleep and be well rested when driving.  It’s not you it’s them.  You will need to be alert watching for hazards on the road including being alert to distracted drivers.

  1. Inspect and service your vehicle

Before you go, check your tire pressure, the last time you had an oil change and any other scheduled maintenance you may have overlooked.  If necessary, have your vehicle serviced before your trip.

  1. Check your spare

Stuff happens.  With the added construction, you will have an increased chance of a flat.  Check to make sure your spare is good to go.

  1. Take deep breaths

If you end up in a traffic jam it won’t help anyone if you scream and swear.  Take deep breaths and stay calm.  Inhale for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 8.

  1. Budget accordingly

Gas prices go up as the summer travel season begins.  Be sure to set aside some extra money to pay for the increase.

Are you planning on taking a road trip this summer? What helpful tips do you have to keep your sanity while taking a road trip? Be sure to share in the comments below.