How to Plan Driving Routes

How to Plan Driving Routes
Though there are many modes of travel that will get you there faster---driving is still the best way to experience the country. You'll get the full effect of the landscape and the people by driving to your destination. Planning your driving route will not only save you time and lessen the chance of getting lost, you'll also more than likely save some money on gas. Planning a driving route won't be that difficult.


Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Planning a Driving Route

Things You’ll Need:
  • Road maps Travel websites
  • Road maps
  • Travel websites
Step 1
Purchase a road map of the area. You'll then be able to figure out the best route to take and the scenes along the way.
Step 2
Figure out where you will be traveling to and how long you will have to spend there. This will give you a better idea of how much time you're willing to give to the actual driving.
Step 3
Consider if you want to drive mainly on the major highways to get there or you'd like to throw in some scenic routes which will be slower to travel on.
Step 4
Plan whether you will be stopping along the way to visit a certain attraction or take a break. Consider this when planning your route and timetable and allow an appropriate time slot for the activity.
Step 5
Figure out if you'll be breaking the driving into several days to get to your destination or you'll be driving straight through. You can then plan on where you'd like to spend the night and how many miles you plan on driving in a particular day.
Step 6
Study the route for any roadwork or other conditions that may either delay your driving or divert you off of your course.
Step 7
Compare a map of directions to your destination from an online map program against your planned route. Check the differences in miles and times. Also see if the online map program warns against any road hazards or complications the hard copy of the map does not.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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