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How To Prepare For The US Route 50 Road Trip

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Road trips in America are on the rise, representing 39% of vacations taken by US travelers in 2016 compared to 22% the year before. One of the most challenging and beautiful road trips that you can do is the US Route 50, which is the east-west highway linking Ocean City, Maryland and West Sacramento, California. The trip also includes a section through Nevada, which is dubbed as the ‘loneliest road in America.’ But before driving off, make sure that you are thoroughly prepared for the journey.

Prepare Your Vehicle

The trip will take you through 12 states and 4 state capitals, including Washington, DC, which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, such as the Appalachian, the Sierra Nevada, the Great Plains, and stunning deserts in Utah and Nevada. Hence, it is important that you prep your vehicle to ensure that it can handle the 3,007-mile trek.

You might want to get an all-weather vehicle that will take you through mountains, deserts, and long stretches of highways. A ride that is comfortable, safe, roomy, and has good fuel economy is ideal. Moreover, get your vehicle serviced before departure, and check the brakes, fluids, wipers, lights, tire pressure, and tire tread.

Gather Your Papers And Documents

It’s also recommended to verify that your papers are in order before driving away. Make sure that your driver’s license and registration are up to date. Carry the car’s manual with you, as well as the proof of insurance to protect yourself in case of unexpected events, injuries, and accidents. Most US states require auto liability insurance before anyone can drive on the road to cover for medical, vehicle repair, and other costs.

On top of your documents, buy a roadside assistance membership such as AAA. Some credit card companies also include this type of assistance – make sure to check if your issuer includes the service. There’s nothing worse than breaking down in the middle of nowhere or getting into trouble and not having anyone to come to your rescue. Also, bring maps of the area, as there’s no telling when your GPS might give up on you or when there is no signal in desolate areas.

Put Together An Emergency Kit

Not to be forgotten is an emergency kit in case unexpected events happen. This may include a spare tire, compressor, flashlights, blankets, first aid kit, and luminous vests.

There should be enough food and water for everyone in your party. If gasoline stations are few and far between, consider carrying a small jerry can in case your car is a gas-guzzler.

Being well prepared for a road trip matters. It not only enhances your safety and security, but also increases your enjoyment of the journey, allowing you to concentrate on the landscapes and the views.


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