Long Distance Driving Tips

If you’re making a cross-country move, there’s a good chance that you’re shipping one (or more) of your cars and driving one to your new home. While our drivers make those kinds of long distance hauls all the time, it may be a new experience for you and your family. Take a look at some tips from experienced drivers on how to handle the long distance trip.

1. Get Your Car Ready

Top off all those fluids, get your brakes checked, and go ahead and have that tune-up before you take off on your long distance drive. It’s a good idea to pay special attention to your tires. Check the tire pressure, and take a look at the treads to see whether it’s time for new tires for safety on the road. A wheel alignment is also a good idea before you take off.

Finally, spring for a high-end car wash, inside and out. You’re going to be living out of your car for several days, and you want it to be a good experience.

2. Plan Your Route

If you don’t already have GPS installed in your car, check out the Waze app for your smartphone to help you find the smoothest route to your destination. Waze will let you know on the fly if you need to alter your route due to construction or accidents — but make sure to bring an old-school paper map with you as well for those times when you’re out of cellular range.

As part of your planning, choose your stops in advance. These include not only the places you plan to catch a few winks before you get on the road again but also rest stops along the way to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat. Give yourself enough time to make the trip without turning it into a race, both for your safety and your enjoyment.

3. Look for Truck Stops

You could make your entire long distance journey a festival of fast food, but you’re likely to have a much better experience if you stop at truck stops instead. If you’re on a major highway, look for the one-off diners that have plenty of big rigs parked in the lot (You may even notice some car carriers, maybe even the one that’s hauling your other vehicle).

Truck stops tend to serve great comfort food, and they have great restrooms available to let you truly relax. Trust the truckers who spend their lives on the road to know all the great places to stop.

4. Take Care of Your Body on the Road

Long distance driving takes a toll on your body because of the enforced sitting for long periods. Every time you stop, take a little walk and go through a range of stretching exercises for your legs, hips, back and shoulders. Try to eat as healthy as possible — at the very least, make sure your in-car snacks are healthy, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

All that water should mean you take stops every couple of hours — but even if you don’t need a stop for bathrooms, food, or gas, pull over every two hours to do that stretching. You’ll feel better and stay safer.

Whether you drive yourself to your new home or you choose to ship both your cars and fly to your new destination, we’re ready to help you with all your auto transport needs. Give us a call to see how we can help you make the big move.