It’s time for The Great American Road Trip. Exploring locally before you travel farther from home is a great way to get reacquainted with travel. If you’re traveling more than 90 miles away from your home, buying trip insurance can help you recoup prepaid expenses like hotel and rental deposits should you need to cancel your trip for a covered reason. Add a little more protection to your basic trip insurance plan by adding Cancel For Any Reason insurance, which allows you to cancel for literally any reason and still recoup prepaid expenses. In addition to trip insurance, we’ve put together a list of other steps to take before you hit the road. Here is our guide to road trip safety.
Planning Your Road Trip
When you sit down to plan your road trip, there are some things you need to keep in mind. Our new normal for travel requires more meticulous planning than you might be used to. Here are some key steps to take before you set out on what should be a trip of a lifetime.
- Increase sanitation efforts. Take care to sanitize your car, make sure everyone in your vehicles has and uses hand sanitizer, if you’re making overnight pit stops, make sure your accommodations are up to Covid safety standards.
- Know (and Avoid) Covid hotspots. Check ahead and make sure your stops steer clear of any areas where Covid cases are surging. The best way to ensure your route does not include hotspots is to check the map on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.
- Get your vehicle checked. If you’re not renting a car, you’ll want to make sure your car is in tiptop shape. Take your car to your preferred automobile care center for routine maintenance. You don’t want to risk engine failure on the highway. If you’re renting a vehicle don’t just rely on the basic insurance the rental agency gives you. For more comprehensive coverage purchase rental car collision insurance.
- Make sure your travel docs are updated. If you’re staying within the United States, there’s no need to carry a passport but you should make sure your drivers license, registration, proof of car insurance, and plate tags are all up to date.
- Be prepared for the worst. Check in with your healthcare provider (especially if you are traveling with seniors) prior to the trip, knowing where the best urgent care centers are along your route and having an organized safety kit of bandages and medicines in your vehicle. If you’re traveling more than 90 miles away from your home, trip insurance is your best defense against the unexpected. While your domestic health insurance should cover any medical care you may need, trip insurance can cover any prepaid travel expenses like hotel and rental deposits should you need to cancel your trip for a covered reason. Better yet, trip insurance with a Cancel For Any Reason benefit allows you to recoup prepaid expenses for any reason, even if it’s not explicitly stated as a covered reason in your policy documents.
- Pack healthy road snacks. Get foods like trail mix and dried fruit, that won’t need a cooler to last the entirety of your trip. Be sure you have plenty of bottled water.
- Limit your travel stops. While you want to see everything America has to offer, you might want a less ambitious itinerary this year. Stay on the safe side by only stopping when necessary. Once the Covid threat eases, you can plana more robust road trip.
At VisitorsCoverage, you can shop various types of trip and travel insurance policies. The extent of coverage and benefits vary from plan to plan. For example, some plans offer car rental collision coverage but some don’t. Many plans can be customized to better suit your needs. If you need help deciding which trip insurance plan is right for you, our award-winning Customer Success Team is happy to help.
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