November 25

Planning Your Next Family U.S. Road Trip: Key Considerations

The great American road trip is more popular than ever with 53% of people planning to travel by RV this year. Of those 53%, 61% plan to embark on epic longer trips to over 500 miles. If you’re planning a family road trip across the US, you’ll need to make several key considerations to keep everyone comfortable and safe on the road.

Hire a vehicle

You’ll likely need to hire a vehicle before embarking on your US road trip. If you want something roomy with plenty of space for you and the kids, an RV is a great way to experience the country. Not only are RVs comfortable and offer greater storage space, but they also come with kitchen access on the road. They do, however, require a lot of fuel and, although fuel is fairly cheap here (around 85c/L), the cost does add up in the long run. And, if you’re planning on driving through several states on your trip, a hire car can also quickly get expensive in this scenario. The most affordable option is therefore to pick up and drop off at airports throughout your trip.

Prioritize safety

Keeping you and your family safe while on the road is essential. So, always make sure you’re well-rested before getting behind the wheel to help prevent drowsy driving. Aim to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night; this is the amount people between 18-56 need to feel their best. If you feel tired, pull over and take a rest break. Also follow road safety basics like wearing seat belts and avoiding distracted driving habits like using your phone. Despite your best efforts, however, traffic accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, around 4.4 million people are injured seriously enough to require medical attention every year on US roads. If you do get into a road accident, it’s important to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you’re able. A lawyer can help you win maximum compensation for any resulting injuries and property damage, Aaron Allison Law Firm explains.

Book accommodation

Booking affordable family accommodation is another priority; the cheaper it is, the more to spend on the big-ticket attractions like Disney World. Fortunately, in the US, you’ll have no trouble finding a comfy room for four with two double beds. Booking a hotel room upfront in-person upon arrival is usually the more expensive option, so be sure to book online in advance to get the cheapest deals. Also look for hotels offering free breakfast and consider signing up for a hotel chain reward program that lets you collect points every time you stay with them, so you’ll eventually qualify for a free night. 

Going on a road trip through the US is an amazing, memory-making experience for the family. By hiring the right vehicle, staying safe on the road, and booking affordable accommodation, you can make sure your family's US road trip is a success. 


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