Tips for Planning COVID-19 Road Trips
The pandemic we are all living in means that even those who usually hop on a plane to faraway destinations have altered their travel plans to reflect this new version of normal. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique circumstance where many situations that are not typically considered hazardous have suddenly become sources of potential danger. Because many Americans are attempting to limit contact with people outside of their own household these days despite wanting to continue to see as much of the world as possible, it may be unsurprising that at least one recent survey indicates that 68 percent of travelers reported that they feel safest when traveling by personal vehicle and when visiting outdoor destinations. In addition, roughly half of the respondents said they are likely to travel more by car. And with almost half of polled Americans in another survey reporting that they want a change of scenery, road trips are clearly more likely than ever.
Planning Your Road Trip
Due to the unprecedented nature of the current state of the world, anyone who is considering a road trip will need to do more planning and preparation than they might have done in the past. Keep the following in mind when planning a trip:
- Research in advance whether the destination you are considering requires that visitors quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival.
- Take a look at your route and make sure you choose several possible locations for things like gas, bathroom breaks, food stops etc. along the way to account for businesses that may be closed.
- Plan to use a credit card instead of cash as much as possible so that you can take advantage of contactless payments wherever possible and easily clean your card in contrast with cash which changes hands frequently and cannot be disinfected.
- Pack gloves or plan to sanitize immediately after touching frequently used surfaces such as gas pumps, keypads, and even the pen you may be asked to sign your credit card receipt with while checking in at the hotel.
- Practice safe driving habits – get plenty of sleep before you hit the road and adhere to all local road laws and speed limits. If you are involved in an accident, follow social distancing guidelines as best as possible, call authorities, obtain needed medical treatment, and then reach out to an experienced legal team about your options.
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