Summer vacation looks different this year. Below are some planning tips recommended by consumerreports.org for you to consider before loading up the car and heading down the road.
- What’s open? Many businesses, hotels, parks, and attractions are still closed or operating at 50 percent capacity. Call ahead to make sure your destination is open on the dates you are visiting.
- Face mask. Take a supply for each traveler. In public, they should be worn even if social distancing seems to be in place.
- Look ahead. Travel restrictions may be in place and you’ll need to plan accordingly.
- Who are you visiting? If visiting friends and/or family, make sure you know who’s at a higher risk.
- Pack your own sanitation. Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, and toilet paper may be in short supply. Bring your own, to make sure they are available at all times.
- Cover your hands. Use disposable gloves or wipes when touching gas pumps and handles. If you don’t have disposable gloves, pack used grocery bags as a replacement.
- Automotive Maintenance. Prepare your vehicle before leaving. If needed, look for businesses that can perform oil changes and maintenance while you stay in the car.
- Roadside Assistance. If you financed your car at Ascentra and opted for Route 66 Mechanical breakdown Insurance, keep their contact number, (888) 207-0166, with you during your trip.
Road trips are a fun way to take a vacation and to see more of the country. Follow these suggested tips to protect yourself from the virus and have a safe trip.