Thanks to Covid-19, there have been marked changes to travel in 2020. From airline restrictions to regulations regarding out-of-state visitors, you may not have left your local vicinity much at all this year. That doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself taking a road trip during a pandemic, however.
Even if you’re not traveling much for pleasure, you may still need to take short road trips for other reasons – attending a funeral, taking your child to college, or checking in on your aging parents, for example.
5 ways to prep for a road trip during a pandemic
You’ll find that taking a road trip during a pandemic often means a little more preparation is in order. Follow these steps below to ensure that you and your passengers stay as safe as possible.
1. Plan vehicle maintenance to be completed before you leave.
Depending on how far you have to go, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your trusted auto mechanic before your trip and ask him to do a thorough inspection. That way, you can help prevent unexpected stops for auto repairs along the way.
2. Know where you’re going and how to get there.
This one might sound obvious but it’s especially important during a pandemic. The less you have to stop and ask for directions, the better off you will be. And, knowing the most efficient route to your destination means less time on the road.
3. Bring food and other travel supplies with you.
You might not be a fan of bringing your own meals, but stopping at restaurants and fast food joints along the way means more exposure and potential safety risks. Taking a road trip during a pandemic can be much less stressful if you’re well-fed and not concerned about getting a bite to eat!
4. Plan your fuel stops.
Gas stations may have different hours due to Covid-19 restrictions and local curfews. If you’re driving a long distance or late at night, be sure to plan appropriately so you have enough fuel. This is a great time to practice driving habits that improve your gas mileage!
5. Pack your mask and disinfectant.
There are times that you will have to make a stop, whether it be for gas or for a restroom break. Your mask, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes have probably been close by you every day the last few months. But, taking a road trip during a pandemic is no time to forget them at home! Carry your own supplies and you can sanitize your hands, steering wheel, door handles, and other areas after making a stop.
At Good Works Auto Repair, we care about you and your safety. Taking a road trip during a pandemic is not a decision to take lightly, but we’re here for you every step of the way. Schedule any preventative maintenance your vehicle may need today, and then follow the tips above for a safe journey. Happy driving!