If you’re traveling by car this fall or winter—perhaps a scenic drive—review these recommendations from AAA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Follow all guidelines

The CDC’s current recommendation is to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. Don’t travel if you are sick or with someone who is. If you are planning a road trip, look up travel restrictions and local policies where you’re currently located, along your route and at your destination. AAA has a map that shows statewide restrictions, and be sure to read the latest travel and road trip information from the CDC.

Why a road trip?

Reconnecting with family or friends in small groups on a road trip allows you to reduce the amount of personal contact you have with strangers, limiting your exposure to people you trust and who share your philosophy on staying safe while traveling. Plus, you’re able to choose how far to go and exactly how long your trip will last.

Need inspiration? Visit AAA.com/RoadTrips to get ideas for places to go.

Here are three safety steps for your road trip planner:

1. Get ready.

Preparation is key to a safe and successful trip. Talk to your health care provider about their medical recommendations, especially those that may relate to your age and personal health. Also speak with your local AAA Travel Advisor, who can help you plan your route, reserve hotels and recommend destinations.

Hotels and resorts in the AAA Diamond Program meet AAA’s high standards for cleanliness. Use the “AAA Best of Housekeeping” filter to find hotels in the top 25% for cleanliness and condition.

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See whether there are any COVID-19 restrictions in effect for the cities and states you are traveling through and to by reviewing this map from AAA. You can also get assistance through the COVID-19 Travel Help Center from AAA.

Map your trip, confirming availability of rest stops and fueling stations along your route. If you plan to stay overnight, make reservations in advance to be sure the hotel you want is open. Go here to learn about ways hotels are updating policies to help travelers feel confident.

A local AAA Travel Advisor is a valuable resource when you’re planning a road trip. They can provide the advice and guidance you need to navigate the rapidly changing travel environment.

2. Get set.

Your car may not have seen much use lately, and some time-based maintenance may be overdue. So, after calling ahead to confirm that it’s open, visit your nearby AAA Approved Auto Repair facility to make sure your vehicle is road-trip-ready (and to take advantage of the many member benefits and savings). If you want to take the DIY route, here is advice on preventing some common road trip car problems.

Next, make sure you have everything you’ll need for the trip:

Learn how to pack your car for a road trip like a pro.

3. On the go.

Use your AAA Membership to save on your next road trip.

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With many people working from home and postponing travel plans, expect to see fewer cars on the road. That makes it easier for you to avoid heavy traffic, but you should still plan to drive at times you would normally be awake.

  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness or other impairment.
  • Don’t stop more than necessary, but make sure you take a break every two hours or 100 miles.
  • Travel with an alert passenger and take turns driving.
  • To protect yourself and others during your trip, clean your hands often, wear a cloth face covering in public, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use the AAA Mobile app to find the best gas prices on your route—and to request roadside assistance if needed. You can also find AAA Discounts near you.

The right ride

Save wear and tear on your vehicle—and save money with AAA—when you rent a car for your next road trip. With 3,000 off-airport locations, there is likely a Hertz location near you, with vehicles that meet the all-new Hertz Gold Standard Clean to address concerns about safety and cleanliness. Before any vehicle is rented, it is disinfected per CDC guidelines using a 15-point cleaning process, and a seal is attached to each door to show that no one has been in the car after it was cleaned.

Ready. Get Set. And Go.

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