Practical ways to make a road trip less stressful

Practical ways to make a road trip less stressful

With summer on the way, you might be considering taking a road trip during your vacation time. With the open road ahead of you and plenty of fresh air and (hopefully) sunshine, you are almost guaranteed to have a good time.

We say ‘almost,’ because a road trip can be stressful. Here are some of the reasons why, with a few handy tips to alleviate any problems you might face on the road.

Stress #1: Problems with your vehicle

No matter what mode of transport you’re using for your road trip adventure, be it a car, RV, or any other kind of motor vehicle, you won’t get very far if you experience any kind of mechanical breakdown on the road, or at the very worst, a road accident.

– To overcome any potential mishaps, you should get your car serviced before you leave home, as the better-maintained your vehicle is, the less risks you will face when out on the highways and byways. There are some vehicle checks you should also do yourself, so before packing your luggage into your car, follow the advice in the linked article to ensure your safety.

– For both practical reasons and your peace of mind, you should check your car insurance policy to make sure you’re properly covered for every eventuality while away. You might even consider changing your policy if necessary, as using the example of USAA car insurance, some offer perks that other companies don’t provide.

– You should also consider paying for breakdown cover, even if only for the duration of the time that you’re away, because the last thing you want when away is a breakdown in the middle of nowhere with the greater expense of a towing service.

Stress #2: The stress of driving

With long hours on the road, the potentially hot temperatures within your car, and with the slew of other traffic on the road, your stress levels might rise while away. To alleviate the stress you might feel, you should focus on the following.

– Plan for as many stops as possible within your time frame, especially at places of interest that could enhance your time away. This will give you the opportunity to hydrate yourself, take a breather, and calm down if the stress of driving was getting on top of you.

– If you are traveling with another driver, take turns behind the wheel. This will give you the opportunity to get some shut-eye, or at the very least, the chance to sit back and relax with a good book or a magazine while somebody else takes the pressure off you for a while.

– When faced with busy traffic, stay calm. If stressed, you might react badly to another road user, and that could lead to antagonistic exchanges and the consequences of road rage. There are some useful tips here, so take them into account before your road trip. And then consider taking your road trip at a less busy time during the holiday season, or drive the roads less well-traveled to avoid the risk of busy traffic altogether.


Our suggestions are fairly simple, but they are useful, so consider them before you begin your summer road trip. Let us know what you think, and if you have any other suggestions for our readers, be sure to let us know.

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