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4 Reasons Not to Attempt the Road Trip


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Are you considering an exciting road trip? You may want to run those numbers and think it through again. Road trips can be fun but they can also be lengthy, expensive and unpredictable. Here are just a few reasons you may not want to take a road trip this summer.

1. Gas Charges May Be More Than You Think

Gas charges are fairly well-regulated by the EPA and will give you a general idea of how cars compare to each other and in ideal conditions. If your vehicle gets 30 MPG on the highway it’s not likely to actually get 30 MPG when you drive anywhere. Consider starting, stopping, turning up the heat, turning up the air conditioning, carrying loads of weight in luggage and friends and occasionally getting lost. Add that all together and it may just be cheaper to charter a bus.

2. You Have to Stop Some Time

You may be able to get from point A to point B just by driving, but it’s likely that you’ll need to stop at Point C at some point — a motel or a hotel. When you add these costs together, you may find that it would actually be less expensive to simply book a direct flight or chartered trip.

3. Your Plans May Be Up to Luck

Did you have a conference to make or a hotel booked? A single issue with your vehicle, such as a blown out tire, could end up setting off a cascading effect that destroys your entire holiday’s schedules. You can’t always control whether or not you’ll have issues with your vehicle — after all, there may be a rock on the road or some other major hazard — so it isn’t the best solution for those who have somewhere to be.

4. You May Not Know the Rules of the Road

You’ve been driving for quite a while now, so of course you know the rules of the road — don’t you? You may not. Different states have entirely different rules and violating these rules could end up with a hefty ticket. After all, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Don’t forget that there are many alternatives to road trips that can still get you where you’re going fast. Chartered buses are an example of a great alternative that still has the same feeling of a road trip at a low cost.  Royal Coachman offers everything from sedans to mini buses and coaches.  Call us today at 973-400-3200 and don’t leave your travel to chance.

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