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2006-08-16 - 25 - Road Trip - Day 24 - United States - California - Death Valley - Road

Road trips are great opportunity to explore new scenery, meet friends, and make memories. It is important to research and prepare before you next expedition to avoid costly, time-consuming mistakes. Here is a brief list of do’s and don'ts to ensure your next road trip is the best road trip:


  • Spontaneous travel has a unique appeal. However, driving for hours only to find the majority of attractions are closed will limit the amount of fun to be had. Spend a couple hours planning major stops and the most important points of interest at these destinations.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Drowsy driving is dangerous driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrative estimates that driver fatigue accounts for over 100,000 crashes and 1,550 deaths per year. Use a travel aggregator such as Kayak or an app like Airbnb to find sleeping accommodations.


  • Just eat fast food and unhealthy snacks. Part of the joy of traveling is trying new foods and new places. If you're tight on a budget, pack trail mix, fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks that give you consistent energy throughout the day.
  • Travel with someone you're not completely comfortable with. Arguments and disagreements take away from the magical experience of visiting a new place. If you don't fully trust or feel comfortable with a potential traveling companion, avoid the risk altogether.

The most important "do" is to select a reliable car that suits your travel purpose. Here are some well-known vehicles tailored to different types of travel.

Road trips with rough terrain: Toyota Tundra

If the road ahead is rugged, the Tundra will blaze the trail. The Tundra is a two time truck of the year winner and is built to handle a wide variety of terrains. A robust V8 engine, 401 lb-ft of torque, and a world class 4x4 suspension system lets you traverse the most formattable roads in the world.

Local Green Friendly Road Trips: Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is the most affordable electric vehicle on the market. An aerodynamic design and lithium ion battery allows the drivers to cover 100+ miles on a single charge. The 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space is plenty room for luggage and souvenirs.

All-weather family adventuring: Ford F-150


A spacious interior and large truck bed can easily transport a family and all their travel gear. A wide wheel base, high ground clearance, and optional 4-wheel drive gives piece of mind that this truck will perform in snowy, rainy, and rocky conditions.

Luxury Travel – Dodge Charger

Why is this Dodge muscle car better than a Mustang or Camaro for road trips? It’s simple. The Charger is the most comfortable, can seat 5 people, and has a huge 16.5 cu-ft trunk. The Hellcat edition comes with a 700 HP engine that goes from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds so you can get from point A to B in record time.