Take your car to mechanic for peace of mind. They’ll be able to give it a once over and service anything that might cause you bother down the road.
2. DON’T DRIVE TOO FAR IN A DAY
Although it might seem obvious, this is one of my best tips for long road trips alone.
Know your limits.
Remember, there’s no-one to share the driving with.
If you know that after four or five hours you tend to feel uncomfortable or get sleepy, don’t drive for longer than this simply to make up ground.
If you do need to drive a long way in one day, drive for no longer than 9 hours, as recommended in this in-depth article: How Far Can You Drive In A Day
An easy way to ensure you never have to drive too far in one sitting, is to…
3. PLAN OUT YOUR SOLO ROAD TRIP
As you’ll be driving alone, planning ahead can take a lot of the stress out.
Planning your road trip saves you from having to drive too far in a day (mentioned above), as you’ll know where you’re going to stay each night. It also means you can choose the best solo travel destinations.
Sure, spontaneity is great when you’re in a group. You can experience the adventure together. However, during a solo road trip, it can be nice to know there are no nasty surprises around the corner because you have planned everything out.
As you’ll be driving alone, it’s important that someone is looking out for you from afar. Tell someone close to you your plans, even if they’re not set in stone yet. Include information like where you’re staying and when you expect to arrive.
But don’t stop there.
Keep in touch with them along the way.
It’s the 21st Century, after all.
If not for safety, your point-of-contact will probably appreciate a heads up that you’ve reached your destination (and that you’re having a great time!).
5. CREATE A SOLO ROAD TRIP BUDGET
When driving a long way on your own, you wan’t to be able to focus on the drive ahead and not worry about finances.
Creating a budget before you set off takes all the worry away from this.
In your budget you’ll need to include the following:
Rental car (If not using your own car)
Personal car costs (If not renting)
Accommodation (and parking!)
6. USE NAVIGATION
The last thing you want when driving alone is to get lost in the middle of nowhere. Use navigation to take the risk out. There’s no point in guessing and ending up stressing.
You don’t necessarily need a standalone GPS system.
There are a number of excellent navigation apps can you use. You can see a break down of the features, advantages and disadvantages in this article on road trip planner apps.
For reference, these are my favorite:
Pro Tip: Download maps before you set off so you can still use navigation when you’re out of cell service. Maps.me has an excellent feature for this.
7. GET INSURED FOR YOUR SOLO ROAD TRIP
When traveling solo, insurance can give you peace of mind. Ensure you’re covered for any eventuality on your solo road trip with the following types of insurance:
Travel insurance is a must for any trip. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly, but it’s best not to take any chances.