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3 Common Road Trip Mistakes to Avoid

At Empire Rent A Car, we love a good road trip and we often blog about how to have a successful one. We’ve talked about everything from kid-friendly road trips to solo road trips. But today, instead of telling you what to do, we’re going to be discussing what not to do. Avoid these three mistakes to have success on your next road trip.

Road Trip Mistakes to Avoid


1. Driving an Unreliable Car

The number one thing that can ruin a good road trip is car trouble. Nothing will add stress and ruin an itinerary like a flat tire or trouble with the engine. That’s why we always recommend getting a full tune-up before hitting the road. Have a pro check your oil and tire pressure, and make sure your battery, brakes, and engine are working properly. If you are unable to schedule a tune-up or you don’t have a reliable car, you can easily rent a car from Empire and be guaranteed a well-maintained vehicle.

2. Forgetting to Pack Snacks

Chances are, there will be plenty of places to stop along the way for food and drinks during your trip. However, gas station treats and fast food are not the best choices for you and your family, and you will soon get tired of the constant need to find places to stop. Instead, pack a cooler with pre-cut veggies and fruits, nuts, sandwiches, and other healthy snacks. This will keep the whole crew happy and fed while avoiding unhealthy and time-wasting fast food stops.

3. Not Leaving Room for Spontaneity

We love a good schedule, but part of the fun of a road trip is having the freedom to stop, explore, and reroute if needed. And because you won’t be making too many food stops, you can leave room in your schedule to make some memories along the way. Do some research ahead of time and see if there are any unique attractions to visit, or give yourself the freedom to simply pull off the road when you see an interesting billboard.

To avoid these road trip mistakes, get started on the right foot with a quality car rental from Empire Rent A Car. Contact us today at (800) 750-8782 to reserve one of our affordable, quality vehicles. We’ve been making renting easy in New York City since 1970!