What to Know When You are Driving Across the Country

In a country as vast as the United States, it’s no wonder that road trips are a way of life. We are a curious bunch with bucket lists a mile long that detail all of the amazing things we want to see and do, which is why so many of us love the notion of piling into a Jeep and spending a week or two exploring the National Parks, historical sites, quirky local attractions, and tourist-trap amusement parks. The open road definitely poses its challenges and you may end up taking a few unscheduled detours, but as long as you consider these essential tips for traveling across the country, you can very well turn a 2,000-mile trip into the best experience of your life.

  • Fill up the gas tank whenever you can

    When you live in or near a city, you don’t have to drive very far to find a gas station. In fact, you probably have several stations in your general vicinity, so you can pick and choose depending on who has the best gas prices or snack selection. Not so on the open road. America is full of 100-mile stretches of highway with nary a gas station in sight. If you don’t want your Chrysler Town & Country to get stranded in the middle of nowhere with an empty tank, then take the opportunity to fill up every time you pull off at a rest stop.

  • Be flexible with your sightseeing plans

    Pick a few key spots that you want to hit on your trip, but don’t be afraid to play some things by ear. If you want to pull your Jeep Renegade Trailhawk off the Interstate and explore an unbeaten path, go right ahead! See a sign for the World’s Largest Ball of Twine? Check it out! These little detours may end up creating some of your most favorite memories. Also, don’t be afraid to adjust your schedule if you are having trouble staying awake while driving through the South Dakota plains. Get out and stretch your legs for a few hours or stay in a local hotel. Mount Rushmore isn’t going anywhere.

  • Be prepared

    You never know what can happen on a road trip, so make sure that you have everything you need to make it back in one piece. Some essential things to bring include:

    • A real map

      Google maps and GPS are not always on point, and there is nothing worse than driving your Dodge Durango aimlessly through the desert because you have no phone service.

    • Snacks

      You will get tired of fast food and candy bars before you know it, so visit a grocery store every couple of days and stock up on fruit, veggies, yogurt, nuts, and other healthy alternatives.

    • Something to listen to

      The local radio will fail you about 50 percent of the time, so download your favorite tunes, podcasts, or audiobooks ahead of time.

No matter where you want to go, you can count on a high-quality car from Rockland Chrysler Dodge Jeep to get you there. Find out more information about our inventory in Nanuet, NY or discover more useful tips for cross-country road trips by calling us today!

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