HOW TO ROAD TRIP SAFELY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
There’s nothing as freeing as hitting the open road for an adventure! Because of COVID-19, summer travel, vacations and celebrations look a bit different this year. You may be wondering if, and how, you can take a road trip safely this year. It is possible to have a safe getaway, but you may have to do a little more planning and choose a destination where social distancing is possible. Here are our tips for having a safe road trip during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Choose Your Destination Wisely and Be Aware of Travel Regulations
When you plan your trip, make sure to choose a destination where it is possible to safely social distance. You may also choose to check the rate of COVID-19 spread in the area you are traveling to. To limit your chance of exposure, consider choosing a closer destination so you can make fewer stops along the way. If you do have to stop, make sure to wear gloves when touching the gas pump and dispose of them after use. If you don’t have access to gloves, use hand sanitizer. If you are unable to social distance while outdoors or you must go inside at a rest stop, be sure to wear a face mask to protect yourself and others.
State and Local Travel Restrictions
Some states may have restrictions on in-person toll collections and rest area food sales.You may also be required to wear a mask in public spaces and business. When planning your route, check to see if there are any toll roads you must take or if there are travel regulations in states you are passing through. You can read more about traveling in the US on the CDC website here. You should check the health department websites for states you will visit or drive through to see their specific travel restrictions, border closures or even mandatory quarantines. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Plan Ahead When You Pack
As you pack for your trip, consider what you may need on the road. If you or a member of your family takes daily medications, make sure to bring enough to last your entire trip. Make sure to bring hand sanitizer, snacks, water and non-perishable foods in case restaurants and stores are closed. Of course, make sure to bring cloth masks or face coverings to wear in public places and be aware of the local mandates that may be in place requiring face masks.
Choose Safe Lodging
Before you choose accommodations, check the hotel’s COVID-19 prevention practices. Consider choosing a hotel with online reservations, contactless check-in, mobile key entry and contactless payment. When you’re in common areas of the hotel, practice social distancing and wear a face mask. If you wish to clean your accommodation, you can follow the CDC guidelines for how to clean and disinfect here.
Are you ready to get out on the open road? Remember: the best vacation is a safe vacation. Follow these tips to have a fun, safe and worry-free road trip. From all of us at Landers Chevrolet Cadillac of Joplin, we wish you “bon voyage!”