Car Travel Tips

carIf you are planning a trip by a car and you are a disabled person there are some important things you should do before the journey.  Planning your trip depends on the travel distance to your destination and on the type of the road you are about to travel. You must also be aware of the duration of your travel and adjust it to your needs.  Good thing about highways is that there are gas stops, motels, and places to rest and a lot of them are adapted for people with disabilities. If you are traveling more than 1000 kilometers, then you will have to find a few places to rest, eat and sleep. So then it will be necessary to take more time to prepare and check if the places where you are planning to stay are adapted to your needs.

Traveling on common roads may be better for sightseeing but it will be much longer and it will be harder to find places to rest or eat which are adapted for disabled persons. No matter how far you travel it is important to have at least one liter of water, some food (candy bars, fruit snacks with small amounts of sugar, salt and spices) and a blanket in case the car heater breaks down. Always carry a reliable, fully charged cell phone and don’t forget to take your medication with you. These things are crucial because traveling by car can be unpredictable. So be prepared for spending more time in the  car than you planned.

Don’t eat or drink too much, avoid alcohol, and if you’re using medications that cause sleepiness, talk to your doctor before the journey. If you have problems with pain or fatigue, be aware of your capabilities.  It’s always best to stop and rest. Also make sure you have an insurance policy in case of the car breakdown. Check if your destinations have parking for people with disabilities and always carry your blue badge (disability car sign). Try not to travel alone, especially on longer journeys.

Checklist Summary:

  • Plan places where to rest or eat in advance.
  • Carry some water and food.
  • Carry a blanket in case the car heater breaks down.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone.
  • Take your medication with you.
  • Don’t eat or drink too much.
  • Talk to your doctor before the journey.
  • Be aware of your capabilities.
  • Carry your insurance policy in case of the car breakdown.
  • Check parking availability for people with disabilities.
  • Carry the blue badge (disability car sign).
  • Travel with company/assistant.