Summer time is probably the best time of year to consider traveling. While there are various means of transportation you could use to get from point a to point b, there’s something about taking a vehicle and hitting the road that gives you an experience you won’t get any other way. Not only do you get to stop and see some of the best attractions the US has to offer, but you also get to spend some quality time with those who are traveling with you.
If you’re going to hop on the road and plan a trip across the US or even out of the country (maybe across the border) then this list of technologies will certainly come in handy.
- Trip Itinerary App
One of the first technologies on your list should be a trip itinerary app. Such apps will not only show you directions to get to where you’re trying to go, but they can also help you in planning the stops along the way. These apps can help you in finding the best attractions along your route to stop whether you’re looking for a rest-stop, museum, or some other form of attraction, these apps can ensure that you get there safe and sound.
- Gas Station Locating App
Getting the most out of your gas is imperative when you’re traveling by car and therefore you’ll want to be able to fill up your tank at an affordable gas station. There are gas station location apps that will allow you to find the nearest gas station at the most affordable price. This will help you save on actual traveling costs so you can use more of your money for your actual vacation.
- Phone Mounting Doc
Many of us use our smartphones nowadays to generate directions. If you don’t have one, you’ll want to invest in a phone mounting doc or station to place in your car. This will allow you to utilize your smartphone hands-free. You can answer calls and also have a clear view of where you’re supposed to be traveling to next. They are generally very affordable and come in varying sizes to fit your phone.
- Streaming Music Subscription
Less of a technology and more of a service is a music streaming subscription. Unless you have the ultimate CD or playlist for your road trip, you’re going to need some great tunes along the way. Stopping to change CDs or find a clear radio station every few miles can be a pain in the neck. However, music streaming services allow you to hear as much music as you’d like (sometimes commercial free) without the need for changing the station every few hours.
- USB Car Charger
If you’re taking along several mobile devices, you’re going to want to have a car charger or two to ensure that you can keep everything operational. There are universal car chargers nowadays that allow you to charge several devices.
Before You Hit the Road
After you’ve invested in all the technologies listed above, you’re just about ready to hit the road and enjoy your trip. However, before you go, there are going to be some things you want to check:
- Have the car serviced – if you intend to take your own car for the trip, make sure that you have it serviced ahead of time to ensure that you won’t end up on the side of the road somewhere.
- Book Rental Car in Advance – If you think its best that you take a rental car on your road trip, make sure that you’ve booked it in advance to get the best deals and to ensure the vehicle you want is available.
- Check Your Insurance – Whether you’re taking your own car or opting for a rental car, car insurance is of the utmost importance. You’re going to want to make sure you review your car insurance policy to ensure that you’re fully covered. If you’re traveling out of the country, maybe heading south of the border, you may be required to add additional coverage, such as Mexico car insurance, to your policy. Reviewing your insurance policy and/or the policy provided by the rental car company will help you determine what additional coverage might be necessary.
Technologies packed…check. Car serviced (or booked)…check. Insurance coverage adequately secured…check. With that, all that’s left to do is to make sure that you’ve packed all your belongings and get ready to experience a fun filled smooth sailing road trip. You’ll find that with all these modern conveniences your trip will be a lot easier. Not to mention all the time you’ll have to focus on simply enjoying the ride and taking in new sights.