Pedal to the floor
Thinkin’ of the roar
Gotta get us to the show
California here we come
Right back where we started from
– excerpt from “California” by Phantom Planet
While not all of you might be thinking about hitting the road to California, there’re plenty of other places in the US to explore. There is a multitude of scenic roads to travel by car in the United States as well as a few road trip destinations you absolutely can’t miss.
Going on a road trip
According to a survey by the Department of Transportation, in the US, 90 percent of trips of 50 miles or more are made by personal vehicle rather than any other means of transportation.
“Of all trips at a one-way distance of 50 miles or more, the average distance traveled is only about 260 miles, and the median is closer to 100. Distances of that magnitude are fairly easily negotiable by car.”
Taking a road trip liberates you. It liberates you from your current problems and everyday routine. It sets you free into an adventure of discovering the beauties of our planet, re-discovering the people you are traveling with, and ultimately, re-discovering yourself.
In this post, we will talk about the dilemma between driving and flying, go over a few important things you should keep in mind for short or long-distance trips, learn how you can prepare in advance, and most importantly, see how shipping your car to or from a certain destination may help.
Driving or flying?
Whenever someone asks me whether I prefer traveling by car or by plane I always pick the former. I also know that a lot of you would choose a road trip over a plane ride. Why? Because taking a 2-3 hour flight to any place will not give you the real feeling of adventure. And don’t get me started on long-haul flights and recovering from a jet lag!
Sure, it is great to just hop on a plane and a few hours later “magically” disembark in some faraway lands. But for me, this option does not offer the full traveling experience a road trip does.
Traveling by car can sometimes be less expensive than flying, especially if you share expenses with your family or a group of friends. It also gives you the freedom to enjoy the whole journey, not only the final destination.
When you travel by car you can ditch any pre-made plans. You can stop at any place and take any route your heart desires. You can visit a country or a city that wasn’t even part of your plan.
Prepare and plan in advance
Let’s get one thing straight. To be prepared does not mean to plan every single hour of your trip and have a strict itinerary for every single interesting thing you want to see. Because, let’s be real, no matter how well in advance you prepare, you cannot foresee everything.
You may end up in unexpected traffic jams or stumble upon a place that begs you to stop and start exploring. There’s always a chance you will come across a delay at some point of your journey. So make peace with it before you even start your road trip.
Below are a few tips to minimize the effects of any possible delays:
- Have a general plan of the journey
- Get enough sleep before each time you hit the road
- Have plenty of food, snacks, and drinks with you for any occasion
- Pack the right clothes (don’t overpack)
- Have GPS an paper maps
- Check the weather in advance
- Clean your car and check it before you start your journey
The last point is very important. You wouldn’t want your car to break down somewhere unexpected. So make sure you check the fluids, lights, wipers, wheels, tires, brake pads, and spare tire. Your car and your travel companions will thank you.
Make an EPIC playlist
To enjoy a road trip across the country to the fullest, you need to load up a playlist with essential road trip songs! A trip without your favorite songs playing non-stop is B-O-R-I-N-G. I cannot imagine going on a journey, no matter how short or long, without great tunes to keep me company. Here are 10 more road trips songs to take on an adventure.
How car shipping helps
Remember what we talked about in the beginning? How great it is to hit the road instead of taking a plane. Well, if some of you are still in doubt about which of these two options is better, especially if you have limited vacation days, we have just the solution that offers the best of both options by incorporating both flying and driving experience.
A few possible scenarios:
A: You can travel by car to any destination of your choice, ship your car back home, and then fly back to your starting point. This way, you can fully take in all the beautiful scenery and experience new things but won’t have to deal with the stress of driving back home again. You 1 – Exhaustion 0
B: You planned to drive a round trip but your car broke down during the journey. Your best option is to ship it back home and then fly back yourself. In case you plan to go on a road trip with a Recreational Vehicle and you need to send it back home, check out our guide on shipping an RV.
C: Ship your vehicle to the destination of your choice and fly there yourself. You can, of course, rent a car, instead of shipping your own vehicle, but it is not always cost-effective. When your trip is nearing the end, you can ship your car back home and fly back where you started. This way you can fully enjoy the certain area, city, or state, instead of taking a trip across the country. This choice would also work perfectly for snowbirds.
Most of these options are also great if you don’t have a lot of vacation days but still want to enjoy the full traveling experience. No matter which option works best for you, shipping your car to or from a certain destination will help immensely.
Choosing the right shipping company
When it comes to choosing the right shipping company for your vehicle, thorough research is crucial. We know it can feel overwhelming sometimes, but it is all worth it. Especially, because you need to find a trustworthy company to take good care of your car from pick up to delivery.
Going with a company that offers the lowest price is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. There are quite a few dishonest companies out there waiting to land on their “next victim”. So, don’t go down that road.
What you can do, is find a vehicle transport company that offers fair prices and reliable and helpful customer service, has great reviews and is willing to go the extra mile for you, as we here at Corsia do for all our current and potential customers.
If this is the first time you are hiring an auto transport company, don’t worry one bit. Every day, thousands of people ship their cars for the very first time.
If you need to learn more about the shipping process, the costs, or have any other questions about shipping in general, we are here for you and would love to walk you through every step of the car shipping process. Give us a call, chat with our agents online, or drop us a line.