We are over a week into 2018, and it’s time to snap out of the party mode and get serious! And by getting serious, we mean getting to work on your New Year’s resolution. We know you are eye rolling right now and saying “No, not New Year’s resolution again”. But New Year's resolutions can be amazing if they are interesting. We believe that most people fail at their New Year’s resolution is because they are too safe, and safe tends to be boring.
We suggest you choose an exciting New Year’s resolution that takes you on an adventure of a lifetime. And there is nothing better than road trips! They are about exploration, self-discovery, friendship but most importantly living young and living free. So take a pledge to make 2018, the year of road tripping. Check out this amazing video, let go of all your inhibitions and let the thrill of the road wash over you.
Here are seven things you should look out for before taking a road trip.
1. Install the LYLF app
If you are planning a road trip then the ‘Live Young, Live Free’ app by Mahindra & Mahindra is a must. The LYLF app is a community for road trip enthusiast and anyone who believes in living young and living free. If you take frequent road trips, then the LYLF app will be your perfect companion. You can plan a road trip from the expert’s choice section or create and share your own trip on the app with along with amazing pictures from your journey.
The coolest feature of the LYLF app is that it not only maps out your entire journey but also provides information about places like restaurants, petrol pumps and more on your route. Users can also find tips like things to do and road conditions on the app. The LYLF app is available on both the Google Play Store and Apple iOS.
2. Get maintenance done on your vehicle to avoid breakdowns
The worst thing that can happen to anyone during a road trip is a car breakdown. It’s not only inconvenient but also spoils your overall experience. Hence, a maintenance check on your car before a road trip can save you a lot of trouble.
3. Pack smart to stay under your vehicles load capacity
While on a road trip, you and your friends are going to spend most of the time driving. Hence, it makes sense to pack light. Doing otherwise can be problematic as exceeding the payload capacity of your car can put stress on the engine which increases the chances of a breakdown. It can also affect the handling of your car which on rough terrain can be dangerous.
4. Carry essential equipment
While you are packing light, make sure you include some essential things like a first aid kit, flashlight and a puncture repair kit. These might seem that important at first but can be very useful in unprecedented situations.
5. Buy travellers insurance
When we discuss travel insurance plan, they are typically geared for travellers flying or taking cruise ships. However, not everyone takes a flight or a cruise, some plan road trips. Before going on a road trip you to need to check whether your health insurance plan to see how your coverage works. While most insurance plans will cover you out of network, some may not. In this case, a travel insurance plan with medical emergency coverage will be a good option.
6. Keep an emergency stash of money
This is the simplest but the most important tip. While on a road trip isolated or rural locations you might not get access to ATM’s or the local establishments might not accept cards or digital payments. Hence, carrying a stash of money is strongly recommended.
7. Always carry a hard copy of a map
Feeling lost in life is not a great feeling and literally getting lost on a road trip is even worse. Using the navigation system in your car or Google maps is a good option, but internet connectivity in isolated locations can be a cause for concern. Therefore, carrying an updated map of the route you are taking is always a good option.
So, these were the seven things you need to keep in mind before going on a road trip. We wish you a happy new year and hope you keep driving towards your New Year’s resolution in 2018!
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Updated Date: Jan 09, 2018 14:54:34 IST