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4 Travel Tips to Make Your U.S. Road Trip a Success

Updated: May 23, 2019

Going on a United States road trip can be a lot of fun. It can be great to take a road trip for spring break! There are many exciting things to see and do. You can make the most of your time on the road by following some simple tips.

Protect Your Eyesight

Of course, taking along the right sunglasses is a great way to make a fashion statement, but they can also make you a safer driver. They'll help protect your eyes from damage when driving into the sun. In addition, they can stop the reflections coming off bright objects from distracting you while driving. Constantly squinting to avoid the sun's rays can cause headaches and even nausea.

Obey Traffic Laws

Speeding will often get you a ticket, but there are traffic violations other than speeding that you need to make yourself aware of in order to avoid them. You may not realize that you can also get a speeding ticket for driving faster than road conditions allow. Running a red light is another reason that officers will write out a citation. If you're in the car, remember to buckle up. Additionally, make sure that you stop for school buses and pedestrians. Always use your turn signal so that other drivers know which way you are planning to go. In many states, it is against the law to talk on your phone while driving.

Use the Cruise Control Appropriately

Using the cruise control appropriately is important when you are going on a cross-country trip. Employ it on the open highway to help you control your velocity. There are times, however, when you should not use cruise control. If traffic congestion or other reasons make it hard to maintain a constant speed, turn the device off. You should never use your cruise control when the highway is wet. Even if the vehicle has a traction control system, your car can spin dangerously out of control. If it has just started raining, the oil and grease on the highway can cause your car to slide. If you are driving in heavier rain, your tires may not be able to get rid of the water fast enough, and you can start to hydroplane. You also shouldn't use your cruise control during the winter when roads are icy or snow-covered. When there is any moisture and it's cold enough, black ice can form. In combination with cruise control, black ice can make a vehicle impossible to handle. If you are driving in heavier snow, using your cruise control is dangerous because the tires may not be able to grip the highway.

Follow Local Customs

You should find out about any local customs where you will be driving. For example, in some states such as Wyoming and Rhode Island, give the right-of-way to funeral processions. In Texas, it is customary to pull to the side of the road when one passes and to yield to a funeral procession going through an intersection. Other states have no such laws, and the procession is expected to follow normal driving rules.

A road trip is a great way to see more of the country. When you plan your next one, remember these tips.

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