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Roadtripping to a festival is as close to a holy experience as you can find in this day and age. There is something magical about riding to and from your favorite festival with your favorite people. While road tripping is an epic experience, there is a right and wrong way to do it.
Before your epic adventure begins, you need to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape so you make it to your festival. Take your car to get serviced the week before your festival so it has a fresh oil change, working lights/blinkers, and tires filled to the appropriate levels.
The Co-Pilot: Driving to a festival, and especially back from a festival, can be dangerous. If the driver falls asleep and runs off the road, your entire life can change in the blink of an eye. To prevent this, make sure someone is awake and riding shotgun. The Co-Pilot is as important as the driver. They are in charge of navigating, playing the perfect music, and conversing with the driver to make sure they stay awake.
The Head Bob: If at any point the driver bobs their head from being tired, then they need to pull over and have someone else drive. If no one else in the car has enough energy to drive, then pull over and take a group nap. Being late to the festival or getting home safely is much better than dealing with or dying in a car accident.
Drive The Speed Limit: Driving over the speed limit gets you there a little faster, but it also greatly increases your chance of your trip getting expensive or disastrous by getting pulled over by the police. The added time is not worth it. You also get better gas mileage the closer you are to 60 mph.
Be Excited For The Ride: The road trip is part of the festival experience. If you and your crew are excited for the drive just like you are the festival, you will notice that time goes faster and your will enjoy the entire experience. Take time to appreciate how beautiful the scenery is.
Split The Bill: Divide the cost of the oil change and all of the gas amongst all of the passengers. Everyone should also throw the car owner an additional $10 (total) for every 500 miles put on the car. If something happens along the way like a parking ticket or a flat tire then these costs should be split as well.
Road Trip Tips:
-Block the sun: Use sunblock on the side where the sun is coming in so you don’t get sunburned as you drive.
-Books on tape are a great way to pass time and help you stay awake, because they keep your brain interested in what is happening next.
-Consider Renting: You can often find rental cars for $19 a day. If you are going to drive across the country to go to a festival, it might make sense to put all of those miles on a rental.
Festival pros know when to arrive and when to leave. Your schedule will dictate what is possible, but it’s best to arrive as close to the allowed arrival time as you can so you can get a closer camping spot to the festival entrance. One downside to this is that the closer you are to the gates, the harder it will be for you to get out once the festival is over. A good practice is to decide if you really need to get back on the road after the festival. If you do, you should make sure you have a sober driver and leave a little early to beat the crowd. If you don’t have anything to do after the festival, don’t try to leave in the mad rush of traffic. Let everyone else do that, and hit the road after the traffic has died down. The festival experience doesn’t end until you get back home, so stretch it out as much as possible.
Learn how to become a contributing member of the festival community by reading The FestivalGoer's Guide and have your best festival every time you go.