The call of the open road is a powerful lure that pulls on all of us at some point. In the second episode of "Hit the Road," adventurer Rafa Ortiz offers practical advice on how to approach a road trip to make the most of your ride and cut the risks. The kayak legend knows a thing or two about risks. (Click the player below to watch Episode 2.)
A plane might get you where you're going faster, but a car offers a prime view of every mile you travel and gives you the flexibility airlines can't match. Plus, as writer T.S. Eliot put it, "The journey not the arrival matters." (We know Eliot wasn't talking about flying coach.)
Watch Episode 1 of "Hit the Road" here, in which Ortiz shares travel planning basics.
Road trip tips by Rafa Ortiz
Tip No. 1: Double check your car before leaving
This is Road Trip 101. You don’t want to be left stranded in the middle of nowhere with a broken-down car. The tires should be in in good shape and properly inflated. Check all the lights and oil levels. Keep your vehicle well-tuned and you won’t have to worry.
Tip No. 2: Know your vehicle’s fuel economy
How you drive and take care of your car can have a big impact on your fuel economy. If you can keep track of your fuel economy then you can actually see how your driving habits impact it.
Tip No. 3: Map out your route before hitting the road
This is something to think about before you start since it's important to define if your priority is to get there early or if you want to make a few stops. Knowing your route gives you a chance to identify essential spots to stop: beautiful landscapes, good restaurants and even gas stations.
Tip No. 4: Wear your seat belt (please)
Seat belts are the most important safety device in your car. Use them.
Tip No. 5: Try new things
Don’t be afraid of taking risks on the road, especially where food is involved. That's how you discover amazing and authentic regional eats.
Tip No. 6: Make stops to rest
After spending hours in the same position in a car, you’ll want to stretch your legs. The best way to do so is to make a quick stop to do exercise or just to get your blood pumping. It might sound a little bit extreme to do some kind of sport like longboarding, but a walk on the road or even some squats will do the trick.
Check back on Wednesday, Dec. 2, for more travel tips from Ortiz in part three of "Hit the Road."