字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Hi there I'm Angela Oberer and I just got home from a cross country road trip. I had a car in Los Angeles and I needed to bring it all the way across the country to Charlotte NC. and that's just shy of 2500 miles. I know. So if you're not a trucker and you don't do this every day for a living, and you're going to drive across the country, here are a couple of good ideas that will bring you home safe and sound. First map out your trip. How many miles divided into the number of days you are going to be gone. This is important, because it will help you pace yourself mentally. Good idea #1 Before you leave, download free podcasts from Itunes. There are thousands that will keep your mind alert while you are driving, and who knows, you may learn some fun things during the ride. Good Idea #2 Make sure you check the tire pressure and get an oil change before you drive cross country. Good Idea #3 Make certain your windshield wipers are working, don't be like me and wait until you get in the middle of a flash flood and realize you should have replaced them. Good idea #4 get plenty of sleep before your trip. You don't want to be the guy that causes accidents because you're fatigued. Good idea #5 Eat light. You don't want to encourage a food coma while driving. And resist the urge to drink sugary sodas and energy drinks along the way. They are loaded with calories you won't need while sitting and driving for a few days. Stick with water and fruit, I promise it will keep you alert while driving. Good Idea #6 Fill up with gasoline when you're on half a tank, not when you're on empty. So much of the country looks like this, and you can run out of gas and be nowhere near a gas station. Good idea #7 If you are driving alone, stop the car and get out EVERY 90 MINUTES whether you need to stop or not. Run around the car a few times, take some pictures, stretch your legs, grab another piece of fruit and text a friend to let them know your whereabouts. If you are traveling with someone else, now is a good time to switch drivers. Good idea #8 When you pull over to sleep - the day time is safer than the night. Park near other cars. If you have to stop at night, pull right under a street light. Good Idea #9 Take an eye mask with you to block out the light and ear plugs to block out noise while sleeping. Good Idea #10 Follow the rules of the rest stops. Most provide clean restrooms and Flying J and Pilot have showers for a small fee. (You will need to bring your own toiletries and towel.) Good idea #11 Nobody lives at rest stops and gas stations. Except for the employees who work there, everyone is just passing through. Like you, they are all tired, hungry and wary. Be extra patient and kind when waiting in lines. Good manners, good planning and following these good ideas will bring you home safe and sound, and with stories to share. It's a good idea.