Zimride Tips: Labor Day Road Trips 101

With Monday as a holiday, it’s the perfect time to break away from your routine and
go on a weekend road trip. No need to plan ahead…with our handy guide, you can
choose your own adventure along the way. Here are a few easy tips for a smooth
ride once you’ve hit the highway.

Don’t Break Your Budget
Even with falling gas prices this summer, fueling up will still make a dent in your
wallet. Plan ahead for what you’ll spend on gas using AAA’s simple Fuel Cost Calculator, which provides an estimate based on your travel destination and vehicle model.

Manage Your Munchies
Food options on the road are usually a toss up between fast food places and
convenience stores (avoid vending machine egg salad sandwiches). Break up the trip by finding something that’s served on a plate. RoadFood lists recommended roadside eateries from their community of travelers.

Beat Boredom
Relying on the radio alone can leave your car with mariachi or gospel songs for
miles on end. A Spotify account allows you to keep track of all your favorite playlists offline for those spontaneous sing-alongs on the road.

Once you’re tired of tunes, change things up with an audiobook. If you’ve been
eyeing Game of Thrones or Fifty Shades of Grey, this is the perfect time to catch up
on your summer reading. You can find audiobooks in most online marketplaces, or for a cheaper alternative, try your local public library.

Avoid Getting Lost
Your smartphone or GPS is a foolproof way to navigate your way to your destination.
However, these require a signal, which can frequently lose connection on the highway. Avoid learning this the hard way (we’ve been there!) by having a Thomas Guide handy in the car…you’ll thank us later.

Whether you’re traveling with friends or meeting new ones through Zimride, it’s
always better to share the ride. Besides the good company, you’ll have an extra pair
of hands to help navigate, find food stops and pitch in for gas. Safe travels and have
a great Labor Day weekend!

Your Zimride Crew