Going on trips is one of the most exciting experiences everyone should do once in a while – be it a trip alone, with friends, or with family. And speaking of trips, road trips are probably the most enjoyable. Riding in your own private car, and being surrounded by your loved ones makes the moment even more memorable. However, unlike other trips where you commute or go by plane, road trips require much more thought and preparation. You can’t just go grab your backpack, pick-up your friends and decide where to go spontaneously. You have to check a lot of things, especially with regards to your car – should you rent one or drive your own – or else, the much anticipated trip will end up in a huge mess.
First thing to consider when going on a road trip is the terrain. Are you going through mountains passes and country roads? You should check these things out. Maybe you’re going to negotiate rocky roads. Such would be really tough if your car is just an ordinary family car, sedan or city car. Those car types are not really suitable for off-road tracks. If you have an SUV, on the other hand, things might be a little different as it has better off-road capabilities.
Another thing to consider is how long you will be driving and how far the trip would be. If you would drive your own car, you should check that everything is working properly and in very good condition. Space for luggage and for everyone else should also be enough. Most rental cars these days are very spacious and larger ones are actually much cheaper than you might think. Moreover, if you encounter a problem along the way, rental cars would be replaced immediately. If you will be using your own car however, you would personally have to handle the towing, the repairs, and all expenses that will come along.
Driving your own car has also its good points. If you are performing regular maintenance, you trust your mechanic, and your car is fuel-efficient, chances are no problems would be encountered. Also, if you will be gone for only a few days, it is much less expensive to bring your car.
However, going on long road trips is a different thing entirely. If there’s an available car that is more fuel-efficient than yours, you would spend less. Moreover, renting a vehicle will prevent you from adding mileage to your car, which is a problem if your current vehicle is being leased. Driving a rental car would also prevent wear and tear on your own car. Plus, renting one actually makes you look forward to the trip even more because then, you’ll worry less about the preparations and more on the things to do during the trip.
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