Learning the Rules of the Road Trip
It’s been great having you along for the ride during Road Trip Week here on Kempt. (And what a helluva ride it’s been.)
So now that you’ve chosen the most suitable convertible, packed the correct weekender bag, found a sexy copilot or three and slipped into a pair of driving shoes, there’s only one thing left: hitting the road. And as a gentleman traveler, there are a few things you should be sure to know before setting out on this adventure of a lifetime.
Herewith, a few sage words of road trip wisdom…
Calling It a Road Trip:
There’s a difference between “a long drive” and a road trip—and the latter is just as much about the journey as it is the destination. Naturally, there aren’t any bright-line tests here, but we’re inclined to make the starting point three hours or longer and it requiring at least one stop for sightseeing, a meal, gas or a drag race gone awry. Ultimately, there must be some forethought put into the trip—like choosing the slightly longer route for an off-the-beaten-path burger joint.
Speaking of Planning…:
It’s fun to fold out a good old-fashioned paper map (your local AAA will still have them), but the Internet will suffice—and is especially helpful when you’re calculating driving times for multiple-day drives. Above all else, a little extra research can go a long way—roadhouses, canyons, giant balls of yarn: the road is your oyster.
Managing Your Passengers:
Whether it’s crossing the country with a crew of buddies or your first serious outing with a lady friend: be accommodating. Give everyone a shot at tending the radio. Build in extra time for a routine pit stop to randomly go long. And have everyone review the itinerary beforehand in case there’s an unexpected expense or vegan taqueria someone would rather skip.
If you don’t understand the rules of the road, have someone else drive. But here’s a quick refresher: if you’re in the left “fast” lane, keep up—even if it means driving 10 to 15mph over the speed limit. Otherwise, only use the lane for passing. Behave yourself, there is such a thing as road karma, and teaching someone a lesson is not your job. Which reminds us: keep an eye out for Smokey.
Now, get out there and have some good clean fun.
- — Kempt Staff