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7 Great Tips For A Travel Nursing Road Trip

Congratulations! You've interviewed and accepted the position. Your plan is set and the trip is already rambling in your mind. You're excited to get there and start your next adventure. Below are some sound tips to make sure the road trip to your next assignment is uneventful, but exciting and memorable!

  1. Vehicle Health: The first and most vital step is to get your vehicle in top form. Have a qualified mechanic check your car's vitals: brakes, battery, fluid levels, tire pressure, light bulbs, the condition of your spare, and bring all regular maintenance schedules current. With the mechanics secure, be sure to create the right atmosphere inside your vehicle. Take a wide selection of music and/ or audio books. Clean your vehicle to get rid of the trash and wrappers.
  2. Your Safety: As with any long-distance road trip, it is wise to bring along emergency equipment such as a first aid kit, a flash light with fresh batteries, a can of fix-a-flat, jumper cables, flares, blankets, drinking water and snacks, a rain poncho, hat and gloves, and a cell phone with car charger. Always make sure that you get plenty of sleep and eat something before you hit the road. Remember to always wear your seatbelt while driving. You may also want to look into purchasing AAA or some other form of roadside assistance. The cost of this service is negligible but will be priceless if you need to call on them from a dark roadside in the middle of nowhere and somewhere.
  3. Maps & Guides: You should always plan your exact route before you leave the house...but always bring a road atlas just in case. Modern GPS systems are wonderful, but they too can lose reception. An atlas will be there for you when you need it.
  4. Anticipate Trouble Spots: If you are rolling out long miles, it's not hard to find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time---like driving the Interstate Corridor during rush hour. It is also common to see orange barrels and road work crews. Keep your eye on the sky, and if you can, plan around inclement weather. Listen to local AM channels for weather & traffic updates.
  5. Fueling Up: Don't wait until your gas gauge is on E to refuel. On an unfamiliar road, you don't know where the next gas station will be. Rule of thumb: Start looking to refuel when your gauge hits ¼ tank.
  6. Leaving Your Vehicle: Be sure to stow your valuables in your trunk or out of sight. Out in the open, valuables might lure a would be thief to make your vehicle his next target.
  7. Planning Ahead: Most travel agents recommend that you make advance reservations for your sleeping arrangements. While there is some adventure in keeping it loose, it can also lead to lost time and sleep. The last thing you would want to overlook is having a local convention or festival taking place and have all the hotels within 100 miles being fully booked. Also remember lots of loose change for roadways that might have tolls.

Road trips can be fun, adventurous and scenic. Drive Safe and enjoy the open road.