Doing your part to flatten the COVID-19 curve meant fewer outings in your car, so you’re probably ready for something that resembles a road trip more than just a drive to the grocery store. Before you go, 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 are, 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?

It makes sense to want to get out of the house when travel restrictions are eased. 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 have a similar philosophy of staying safe while traveling. Plus, you’re able to choose how far to go and exactly how long your trip will last.

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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 a local AAA Travel Advisor, who can help you plan your route, reserve hotels and make recommendations on destinations. They can also provide the advice and guidance you need to navigate the rapidly changing travel environment.

The AAA Diamond program includes in-person inspections of hotels. Use the “AAA Best of Housekeeping” filter to find hotels that meet general cleanliness standards.

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See whether there are any COVID-19 restrictions for the cities and states you are traveling through 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 so you’re sure the hotel you want is open. Go here to find some ways hotels are updating policies to help travelers feel confident.

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 a trip:

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

3. On the go

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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 still, travel 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 to follow CDC guidelines with a 15-point cleaning process, and a seal is attached to each door to show that no one has been in the car after cleaning.

Ready. Get Set. And Go.

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