Driving Tips & Resources

If your destination is under five hours and you’re going for a weekend, I would highly recommend driving. If it’s more and you’re staying for a weekend, I’d fly. If it’s longer, but you’re staying for at least five days, then I’d drive. Basically, you want to spend as little time en route and as much time having fun. 

If you don’t own a Garmin, or any other GPS system, then my favorite navigation website is Mapquest. I like Google directions, but mapquest has always been my favorite and has never let me down once. You can also, of course, switch your route, reverse your route, and avoid major highways, tolls, or use the “quickest” route option for this, and your GPS system as well.

I have used a few different GPS systems, but my favorite would have to be the Garmin. Find yours on Garmin.com. It’s extremely easy to use, and they do not have any bugs or glitch ever. I have had a nightmare experience using another GPS system and all of a sudden, in the middle of a HUGE snowstorm in Upstate New York, the little voice told us we had reached our destination on the right. We were driving on a major highway. Therefore, I always use my Garmin! Be sure to update yours regularly when it needs it though, because it might get a little funny or take you on a route you don’t normally take. I know they are expensive, but from my experience, they are very worth it.

Picture Courtesy of: http://oldafsarge.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-road-ahead.html

Another great thing about driving is (if you’re with multiple people) you can split the cost of gas and tolls making it very affordable to take a small road trip for a weekend!

Just be sure to ALWAYS check the weather before you leave to allot for extra time or dangerous driving conditions. Download the Weather Channel app to check the radar and look at the 10 day forecast for your current town and destination city. My favorite traffic radar app is Waze. It’s free and it will find where you are currently driving, (or you can type in your expected route) and it will show you any and all traffic, accident, and police reports, as well as a virtual view of your route. Of course, red means heavy traffic or a standstill, orange means moderate traffic, and it will be all clear when it’s normal.

Drive safe!

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