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.
Need inspiration? Visit AAA.com/RoadTrips to get ideas on where 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 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.