There is just something about a road trip that we can’t get enough of. Faster modes of transportation are available these days, such as trains and airplanes, but road trips don’t seem to lose their charm. Perhaps it’s the scenery you can’t see up close and enjoy on a plane ride or the unforgettable moments you get with your travel buddies.

Nonetheless, a road trip is not always smooth sailing. Unexpected things can happen, so it’s still best to be prepared. You should know the best time and day to leave and the snacks to bring.

Are you heading down to St. Augustine, Florida or the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte NC? Make sure your car insurance is updated, too.

Best time to travel

Being stuck in heavy traffic is not the most delightful experience when going on a road trip, so it’s a good idea to avoid the traffic buildup. Just in case you’re not aware, there are best and worst times (and days) to go out on a road trip.

The best:

Anytime after 8 PM or before 6 AM on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. These days are midweek; therefore, a significant number of people are probably still studying or working. As for the 8 PM and 6 AM window, that is because it’s when people are already home (or still home). It’s not the rush hour.

The worst:

6 AM to 10 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM on all weekdays, especially on Mondays and Fridays. These times are what we refer to as rush hours, while Monday and Friday are the beginning and end of the workweek, respectively. People are probably rushing to their weekend destinations or back to the city or their homes on those days.

Alternatives:

You may also begin your road trip on a Saturday; just make sure you leave early in the morning or after 6 PM. Sunday road trips are also fine as long as you leave the house before 11 AM. Also, consult some mobile apps for the fastest route and possible interruptions ahead.

Bring your own (healthy) food

couple eating a sandwichJunk food, doughnuts, and chocolates are tempting, but for you to feel good and light throughout the trip, munch on wholesome snacks instead, says The Washington Post. Pack them individually, and then keep them in a cooler or portable fridge, so they stay fresh.

This is not only healthy; it will also be less of a hassle for you because you don’t need to stop over anytime you or your road trip buddies feel hungry. You’ll save a lot of money as well.

For meal breaks, you may skip the line by booking early. There are phone apps, too, that can give you discounts for meals depending on the time you choose to dine in. Alternatively, you may search the web for the least crowded spots to grab a meal.

Car insurance

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1.25 million people die annually due to vehicular accidents. In the US alone, there are more than 37,000 of them. Add to that the 2.35 million who get injured as a result of road mishaps.

These numbers are telling us that vehicular accidents are common. It can happen to anyone. To avoid the hassle, make sure you have the best car insurance. Of course, do not forget to drive safely, but just in case there’s a negligent driver on the road who may cause a collision, it’s always a good idea to be financially prepared. Having an insurance plan is the best way to protect yourself from the financial damage that an accident may cause.

There’s no denying that road trips are fun, but they’re also full of unexpected things. Planning accordingly should help make them easy and safe.