The romance of the open road does not lure only men. Women also go on road trips. Some women go with a group of their best friends and share the driving task, others, plan a more laid back road trip on their own. If you’re 18 and you’ve been accepted to a college clear across the country, chances are, you will have to drive to your college lugging your stuff with you in the trunk of your car or in a U-haul trailer. Your parents might think of coming along for the drive as a show of support, but then again, they may think of this as a sort of rite of passage for you – heck, if you can make it alive in one piece on the road to go to college, you probably have the guts and brains to survive college!
So, what should you do if you have to drive solo?
1. Read up on driving on American roads. It helps to know a lot about the parts of the country you will travel through. Especially, it will help to get some road safety and traveling tips from other women who have blazed that trail before you.
2. Learn how to read a map or learn to use a GPS. Getting to your destination involves planning how to get there – which roads to take, where and when to stop, get gas, eat and sleep. A map is really necessary.
3. Plan on how long you will drive in a day, where you’ll stay to sleep, take a shower and eat. Some women actually drop by their relatives’ homes on their way. That’s a good idea, too. You can stop and visit for a while, bring presents, catch up and also check in with your loved ones back home. You can call your folks from your aunt’s house (collect, of course) just so they know you’re safe thus far.
If men can do it, women can, too.