While road trips taken previous summers might look quite a bit different than any travel you’ll undertake in 2020, if you’re wanting to get out of the house and enjoy visiting another area as quarantine restrictions start to relax in areas of the world, planning a road trip may be the best way to do that. However, in order to keep yourself and others safe, you’re going to want to make a few changes and preparations before you leave in addition to your other safety measures against things like car accidents.
To help you in doing this, here are three tips for planning and going on a road trip this summer.
Research Your Plans Beforehand
While it’s always good to have at least a vague plan in mind when taking a road trip, in the era of coronavirus, you’re going to want to plan things a little more intently.
According to Curtis Tate, a contributor to USA Today, there will likely be areas and stops along your route that will either be closed entirely or have variations to how they conduct business at this time. Because of this, you should really try to plan out your stops as much as possible. By researching an area before you get to it, you’ll be about to see what’s open and what you’ll have access to along with what will be closed off to you and other travelers.
Be Smart When Pumping Gas
Although it’s recently been shown that the coronavirus doesn’t transfer from inanimate objects as well as we once thought, it’s still good practice to try to reduce your exposure to frequently touched items.
When you’re traveling, one thing you’re going to need to touch, and so it’s everyone else on the road, is the gas pump. But when the time comes to fill up, Sarah Elizabeth Adler, a contributor to AARP, recommends that you take steps to stay safe and protect yourself. This includes possibly using gloves as you pump your gas, using a card rather than cash to pay, and washing your hands as soon as you’re done at the pump.
Limit Your Stops
To give yourself the best chance of avoiding getting or sharing Covid-19, the best thing you can do is limit your exposure to others. And to most effectively do this while traveling the CDC advises that you try to limit your stops as much as possible.
As you make your necessary stops, try to get everything done that you need to in one location and as quickly as possible. Then, before getting back in your car, be sure you’ve washed your hands and sanitized anything that you are bringing back inside with you.
To help you spend some safe time outside of your home this summer, consider using the tips mentioned above as you hit the road for your summer travel plans.