Who Drives on Which side of the Road?

The world of travel and commuting has it’s fun trivia like…the fact that train tracks are as far apart as the width between tires on a Roman chariot, or that there is an interstate highway in Hawaii. Some of the trivia though, could impact you if you travel, like today’s post on which countries drive on which side of the road.

So we decided to take a look at this less critical travel and transportation topic that could possibly cause a lot of confusion if you aren’t prepared for it.

Driving on the Left

The obvious reason most countries that do drive on the left side of the road do is that they were a former British colony. We’ll dive into why the UK does it soon, but it may surprise you how many countries do. 76 according to Business Insider, compared to 163 countries (or territories) that drive on the right. 30% of the population but only 25% of the roads and only one sixth of the worlds land area.

Driving on the left happens around the globe, about one third of the worlds drivers do it in regions like  Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, and Oceania. (Full list and graphics to follow.) In fact, Oceania is entirely left side driving currently.

Why they started driving on the left or right?

If countries formerly associated with England drive on the left because England does, why does England do it. Well, no one know for certain. Theories range from reasonable to ridiculous but the one you’ve probably heard most is that right-handed people draw their sword from the left and passing on the left allowed for a swift repost should the need arise.

Another theory, which frankly sounds more British, is that the upper crust preferred passing on the left and passing on the right was a trait of commoners. It also would explain why the US would decide to do it differently than those stuffy Brits.

One reason we doubt the sword explanation is that horseless carriages drove on whatever side of the road they liked until there were enough cars on the road to bother making a rule, which happened at Least in Brittan is 1835 with the Highway Act.

If train tracks trace back to Rome then does which side of the road we stick to? There isn’t a historical record but examination of cobblestone wear patterns suggests that they drove their chariots down the middle and if they needed to pass each other they did so on the right.

This likely resulted from the fact that right handed people would hold a horse whip in their right hands and have more room to use it if they stood on the left side of their chariot to drive it. Rome had a big influence on England so why would England drive on the left side instead of the right?

Ironically, we have better records of Ireland insisting that drivers stick to the left. As early as 1793, rules required a 10 shilling fine for driving on the right side of the road. This brings some to speculate that the Celts drove their wagons etc. on the left and since Rome was an invader their driving preference didn’t trump the native preference.

At this point its primarily culture and tradition. Well that and switching is a pain.

Countries that Switched

It does happen that countries bite the bullet and make a switch. In the 1960s both Sweden and Iceland made the switch from Left to Right, probably because the overwhelming majority of Europe drives on the right.

In 2009 Samoa switched the opposite direction, from right to left, but for the same reason, New Zealand and Australia both drive on the Left.

Between 1919 and 1986, 34 of the Left-hand countries and territories switched to Right side driving.

Noteworthy: Rotterdam was Left side drivers until 1917, while the rest of the Netherlands were Right-siders.

How to Prepare if you’re Planning a Trip

The side of the road you drive on tends to determine which side of the car gets the steering wheel. So it can be jarring to not only remember which side to be on, but to do it from the “passenger side” of the vehicle.

Source Insider Inc.

The subtle points are deciding where to watch other cars when you are passing them, or remembering which way to watch for traffic when waiting to make a turn.

If it’s too hard to drive from the odd side of the vehicle, you can technically take your own car to a new country. Just as you can drive your car into Canada or Mexico, you don’t have to operate your vehicle from the side of the car most people do when driving on the side of the road it’s legal to drive on. The primary reason most people don’t think to bring their own car is water. More specifically the oceans etc. that tend to separate countries that drive on the Left from those that drive on the right.

Insurance?

If you’ve ever read your insurance policy (some of us nerds do) than you know you are insured for specific situations. If you move your home address, for example, it should really impact your insurance status, but it does. (Mainly because your chance of losing the car to theft might change.)

So it’s worth asking, does my insurance cover me when I drive on the other side of the road (in a country where I’m supposed to–not just for funzies.)

The simplest answer is probably, yes. Insurance companies factor in things like, which country is nearby. So just like your Montana Insurance doesn’t typically stop at the border to Canada, your UK insurance doesn’t stop when you drive the Chunnel into France.

You may be more effected by rules such as enhanced licenses vs passports vs green cards etc. You license and insurance will probably still cover you, but your license may be inadequate to use as identification, which is a real brain twister if you think too much about it.

You should look at the rules before traveling as you may need to show more than license and proof of insurance in some countries. For example when driving in the EU in a rented vehicle, you will need a document that shows the owner knows you are driving it outside it’s country of register.

When taking your car to the UK, for example, they don’t have any problems with the fact that the steering wheel is on the wrong side, but they have strict rules for importing any vehicle and you’ll have to pay many taxes.

Interesting Exceptions

Okay to have interesting exceptions we would need to have a standard rule that we’re taking exception to and so far we’ve only indicated one or two. They are 1) most countries either follow the tradition of a country that once ruled them or 2) They switched to match countries they share borders with.

Here are some exceptions.

In Africa the major influence for left was England, and Portugal. The major influence for right is France. While most of Portugal’s former colonies switched to Right driving at some point, as did Portugal itself, except for Mozambique which stayed Left. South Sudan has it’s independence and despite having two neighbors that drive on the Left they have retained right hand driving. Rwanda and Burundi are Right Hand Driving but are actively considering switching to Left.

All of Canada is Left driving despite being former British Empire. This isn’t so much an exception because they match the US and who wouldn’t want to match the US? Interestingly, Newfoundland, joined Canada in 1949 but had already switched to Right driving just two years before. Of course the former French Provinces were always right driving, but BC, New BrunswickNova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, all changed to the Right in the early 1920’s.

Conspicuously, the US Virgin Islands are the only US affiliated country that doesn’t drive on the right.

Also, we indicated that unless someone brought their car with them, most cars in a country that keeps left have a steering wheel on the right and vice versa. This is not true in certain cases. For example the islands of the Caribbean and nearby. The closest big car maker is the US and while a large number of the islands were former British colonies they tend to import there cars from the US.

(Note US Virgin Islands drive on the left in vehicles that are designed for right sided driving despite being aligned with the US. Some people are just obstinate we suppose.)

Another common exception, right here in the US is commercial vehicles like parking enforcement or mail carriers which were purpose built with a steering wheel on the right.

List of Lefty Countries

Green = Left, Black = Right

Europe

  • Channel Islands
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Malta
  • Cyprus

Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • East Timor
  • Hong Kong
  • India 
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Macao
  • Malaysia 
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
Green = Left, Black = Right

Oceania 

  • Australia
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati 
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Solomon Islands
  • Samoa 
  • Tokelau Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
Green = Left, Black = Right

Africa

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius 
  • Mozambique 
  • Namibia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Green = Left, Black = Right

The Americas:

  • Anguilla 
  • Antigua 
  • The Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Bermuda 
  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands 
  • Grenada 
  • Guyana 
  • Jamaica 
  • Montserrat 
  • St Kitts-Nevis 
  • St Lucia 
  • Saint Vincent 
  • Suriname 
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 
  • Virgin Islands (U.S.) 

Renting a Car From Turo

AirBnB and VRBO are perhaps the most well-known property sharing/rental companies. In many cities, many people opt for renting a room or a whole house through these companies instead of a hotel. However, that leaves a potentially major problem for your trip, unaddressed.

How do you get around when your rental is not near public transit or where ride-sharing services? Enter, Turo.

What is Turo?

Like AirBnB and VRBO, Turo is a sharing service where hosts in certain cities can offer their vehicles for short-term rental to travelers looking to have complete control over their transportation while on vacation. This freedom can provide many more opportunities on the trip as you are not tied-down to public transit or ride-sharing schedules.

After signing up for an account on Turo, all you need to do is search for the availability of the car of your choice, in whatever your destination city might be. Turo even allows travelers to search for vehicles based on make and model, so you know you will get exactly what you want.

How Is This Different Than Normal Car Rental?

Car rental companies have to earn a profit, along with coverage for any business fees and overhead. Turo, on the other hand, simply deducts a small percentage of the rental fee, set by the host. This significantly reduces the overall cost of the rental and in most cases, starts at $25.

Convenience

One of the best perks of Turo is the convenience of having the car delivered where you decide, as well as allowing you to drop it off wherever works best for your vacation plans. Most hosts of Turo offer free delivery of the vehicle within a reasonable range of their location. Options such as this are all spelled out up-front before you agree to the rental.

How Does It Work For Hosts?

As easy as renting a car from Turo is hosting or offering  a vehicle for rental to travelers is just about as simple. Turo offers several plans based on several options the host chooses.

Beginning at the “60 Plan”, the host gets 60% of the rental fee paid for by the traveler. In return, Turo and their contracted insurance company offer the best accident, wear and tear, and liability coverage.

Hosts can select from several plans from there, with a max income of 90% of the total rental fee. While this plan gives the host the most money of any of the options, it also comes with the lowest accident and liability coverage and does not include any reimbursement for wear and tear.

Are Travelers Covered?

Like regular rental car companies Turo offers accident and liability insurance protection at an additional fee. While you have the option to decline tha dditional coverage, it is worth looking at the three options to see if one might fit your budget while covering you in case of an accident or collision.

Coverage Plans

The plan with the least coverage, along with the lowest fee, is the minimum plan. Depending on the total cost of your trip, this plan costs either 18% or 25% of the total cost. There is still a decent amount of coverage with this plan. And depending on what your auto insurance covers for rentals, this might be the best option for you.

From there, the Standard and Premier plans come in at 40% and 65% of the total cost of the trip. These plans are secondary to your insurance but offer great coverage. With the Standard plan, your responsibility for physical damage will not exceed $500. With the Premier plan, you would not pay anything.

What’s News: Local Car Cruz’s

Here’s a quick public service announcement. It’s summer and that means car shows. You’ll likely have to search online to find all the local shows available. The staff here at The Kicker love local car shows.

Don’t be surprised if there are far more than you expected. To a degree when you’ve seen a few, you have seen what’s available locally. So the goal is to look early in the season and find a couple that fit your schedule.

Here’s a couple from our headquarters in Vancouver, Washington.

Windhaven Ride For Veterans, Tum Tum ALR Chapter #168, Amboy, WA

This is going to be a blast and the proceeds go to a great cause. 100% of all money received from registration/donations will go to Windhaven Veterans Program and the American Legion. We look forward to attending this one.

Cruise the Couve

This looks to be an awesome chance to see some cool cars. Here’s some video from last year. Half of what makes it fun is that you can celebrate your local pride and the other half is just so many cool cars.

5 Fun Road Trip Destinations

Whether solo or with a group or family, road trips are a great way to explore your inner self or bond with others while seeing the sights and attractions that can only be appreciated on the road. If you have just a few days or even a few weeks, there is bound to be a destination that will leave you in awe.

How to pick just one is likely the hardest part. Aside from the preparation and taking time away from obligations at home, the last thing you want to do is to drive for hours or days, only to be disappointed when you arrive.

Here are 5 Fun Road Trip destinations that might just be calling your name.

Fun in the Sun

Second, perhaps only to the infamous “Route 66”, the Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH as it’s known, is an iconic drive along the sunny beaches of California. Stretching over 600 miles between San Francisco and San Diego, any segment of the PCH is well worth the drive. A drive along its entire length takes just over 10 hours. However, the variety of sceneries and activities along the way might be worth selecting a shorter segment to match your interests.

Bonus: US Highway 101 (North Section)

If your time allows, continue north from San Francisco on Highway 101 through Oregon and Washington. The ocean will rarely be out of sight and is well worth the extra time.

To See the Greenest Greens

As its name implies, the “Emerald City” of Seattle offers some of the greenest scenery you will see, despite being a larger metropolitan area. It may seem odd to pick a large city as a driving destination. However, most of Seattle, including downtown, is divided into smaller neighborhoods where parking in one location in each, will provide plenty of side excursions, well within walking distance. The recently removed viaduct along the city’s waterfront has been replaced by many walking paths.

Bonus: Victoria, BC (Vancouver Island)

There are few places where being able to drive on another island is as easy as driving onto a large ship. A drive up the Olympic peninsula and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, BC, provides even more diverse scenery with breathtaking seascapes.

Lighthouses and Airplanes

Another coastal adventure, on the opposite side of the US, is a trip along the Outer Banks in North Carolina. On this route, you will start at the famous Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers completed the first flight in a powered aircraft. From there, the relatively shorter route will take you along the scenic coast to Cape Hatteras to the historic lighthouses along the National Seashore. We highly recommended a convertible for this route.

Rolling Mid-America

Especially if taken towards the end of summer, the wildflower blooms along the Blue Ridge Parkway will create a lasting and perhaps unforgettable experience. The route, just under 500 miles, connects the Great Smokey Mountains to the Shenandoah National Park and Valley. Along the way, the rolling terrain that also includes a mix of rugged mountains is sure to have you stop often to just look at the sights. At the top of many of the higher hills and peaks, you might catch the fog filling in the valleys below, giving an almost celestial or floating background to the mountains.

Coast to Coast

Perhaps no other single road in the US can provide an opportunity to see more incredible diverse landscapes and sights, as the longest continuous interstate highway. At just over 3,000 miles, I90 is not a simple weekend road trip. But whether starting in Boston, Massachusetts or its opposite end in Seattle, Washington, completion of this epic trip will provide the gift of seeing almost everything the US has to offer. From the rugged Rocky Mountains to the plains of South Dakota and the coast of the Great Lakes, and ending at the famous Back Bay of Boston, this route could be one of your most memorable adventures. A vehicle such as a camper-van can make the trip all the easier by allowing rest wherever the scenery decides for you.

RV Parks: The FUN Kind

Part 5

A Bunch

We spent far too much time talking about Trailer Parks (as in manufactured home parks) and not enough time talking about Trailer Parks as in RV CampGrounds and Resorts. So back to the fun. 

Locating Amazing places to vacation on the cheap (comparatively) is made easier by the existence of entire networks and associations of RV sites. Here are a few to consider whether you’re considering a summer vacation or a longer season of nomadic living. 

The US 

Nobody does RVing like the United States with over 13,000 privately owned RV parks and over 1,600 state parks that cater to RVers in the USA. Available for drop in or with reservations, you can easily use these locations to stay for a relaxing breather or as a way to work your way across the country without having to sleep in a new bed every night. 

Membership campground networks like Thousand Trails operate via joining the club. You pay a joining fee and typically annual fees as well. Then you get a timeshare arrangement for you and your RV. The two largest chains of campsites or KOA (Kampgrounds of America) and Jellystone (after the famous yogi bear). The Good Sam Club is the largest association of RVers who maintain a list of independent campgrounds they endorse. Which can be very helpful. 

Each of these outfits has better coverage in some areas than others so it’s quite possible you will need more than one association if you really want to be choosy in how you get where you want to go. 

On that topic, you can find online directories of RV campgrounds and resorts through:

CampRate

MobileRVing.com

Reserve RV

RoverPass

RV Parks & Campgrounds

RVParkReviews

RVThereYet

The Dyrt 

If you intend to go off grid though, you won’t have access to wifi at all times. (Although some of the above operate as aps which may have “offline mode.”) If could be a good idea to seek an old school printed directory (you know the kind that are chronically out of date). 

Woodall’s Campground Magazine is the Gold Standard for RV lifestyle information. Equally as revered is Trailer Life Magazine. Before you become a “full-timer” you’d better spend some time reading up on “the life.” 

European Networks

The  Caravan Club is huge, with over one million users. Use them for mainland locations. 

Called Reisemobil-Stellplatz in German or Aire de Camping-car in French this more recent upstart operates in Germany, France, Norway and the Netherlands. There will be a language barrier for us Americans but google translate can get you quite a ways if you’re willing to take a chance.

In the UK you’ll get better results from Camping and Caravanning Club, a non-profit association of campgrounds with over 100 locations.  Pic Link https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/dist/images/Camping-and-Caravanning-Club-Logo.svg 

RV Parks: New Uses & Abuses

Part 4

A Bunch

While the reputation of trailer parks hasn’t improved recently there is a new use for manufactured home communities as temporary housing. 

Emergency Shelter

We already talked about the Company towns you can find near Amazon warehouses in Modern Nomads. However, hurricane Katrina created a use on a whole new scale. 

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun employing whole villages of Manufactured homes after fires, floods, tornados and hurricanes. You might find it ironic to bring in more trailers after a tornado if you read Part 2 of this series. 

Retirement Villages

As a result of HOPA (Housing Older Persons Act) quite a number of 55 and over manufactured home villages have popped up. These are nicer, and newer facilities that offer additional resources for the unique needs of senior citizens. 

However, placing a government endorsement on something generally doesn’t make it more desirable. Just think of other government housing projects. It could be argued, due to the large swell of population reaching senior status, that the government is still using manufactured home communities as temporary housing and in a macabre way. As in, why build too many retirement villages when we won’t need them in another few years. 

You Already Own a Manufactured Home, er, Investment 

Another recent issue, one government and Wall Street have collaborated to create, is massive corporate investment. As of 2019, over 100,000 mobile home sites were owned by corporate investors like  Carlyle Group, Apollo Global Management and TPG Capital. Why blame the government? Well Fannie Mae facilitated this to the tune of $1.3 Billion. 

Ultimately…

Just as there is a place for all different levels of other products depending on the priority of the buyer, there is a space that Manufactured Home fit in the financial ladder of individual and family dwellings. And if there is a need for these homes there is a need for them to have a habitat. 

Be it ever so humble mobile home parks aren’t going away anytime soon. So if you live in one, hold your head high and make the best of it. If you live near one, try to give folks a break. We’re all just doing our best. 

As for True on the Road Living See our next and final installment in this series of Mobile Living. 

RV Parks: International RVing

Part 3

A Bunch

We’ve discussed RV’s and trailers in the US quite a bit. Let’s check around the world and see how it’s handled internationally. Is there reputation better, worse, or just different.

The UK

You probably knew that trailers are called Caravans in the UK, but did you know they call trailer parks “halting sites?” They call a manufactured home a “static caravan.” In the UK and most of Europe, the issue is illegal halting sites. We’ve mentioned Romani and Irish Travelers before, but since the 1970’s there has been steady growth of “free spirited” individuals who take to the open road, often stopping where they’re not really licenced to be. 

As in the US, “caravan parks” are used for senior living. Unlike the US, there are quite a number of “resorts” that employ static caravans for folks on holiday.

To find a great place to RV in the UK the nonprofit Camping and Caravanning Club has been around for 100 years with more than 100 campsites. 

Europe 

In the Netherlands and Germany (as well as many other countries) there are places where you can set up a “permanent” or very extended stay situation for your trailer or manufactured house. In France, however, the legal limit on living in an RV is three months–even on your own property. The work around is that they are pretty loose when determining what constitutes a house (a shed with electricity might work). 

Careful when you search Camp in Germany.

Unofficial, or less-than-legal campsites are a problem in Germany as well. Their term for an illegal halting site is “wagon fort” (Wagenburg).

Obviously anything European is either really old or completely modernized. A new built RV park will be up to the latest environment standards. One resource for finding just the right place to take your RV in Europe is  Caravan Club with over 2,500 CL’s (certified sites). Germany and France have been trying to catch up to the US in stopover campsite networks, called Reisemobil-Stellplatz in German or Aire de Camping-car in French, these are comparable to the US KOA type facilities. 

Australia & New Zealand

Australia like the UK, has traditionally used Caravans in their “holiday parks.” This fact is changing as the popularity of cabins increases. In New Zealand they might refer to them as a motor camp, which rarely exists without also allowing tent camping. Most camps allow you to stay overnight or long term. 

Can You Tow with a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle?

Electric and hybrid vehicles are incredibly popular these days. And looking at recent gas prices, it’s for good reason. Looking at the number of models available in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and all-electric (EV) versions, it’s sometimes hard to tell them apart from their gasoline-powered brethren. With these types of vehicles being more and more accessible, switching to a PHEV or full-EV is as easy as choosing a paint color.

While PHEVs and EVs may help save money and cut emissions with their fuel efficiency or not needing fuel at all, we also don’t want to cut into how we can use these vehicles for recreation. The evolution of electric vehicle technology is now at a point where we no longer need to trade all capabilities for fuel efficiency. 

Getting Started

In some ways, towing with one of these types of vehicles will be a more pleasant experience than using their gasoline-powered counterparts. Somewhat surprisingly, the electric motors in EV and the electric assist in PHEV can provide the most important power factor for getting the payload moving from a stop–torque. Even the short time electricity generates the power in the PHEV, the high amount of instant torque is enough to get the full payload in motion. Be sure to check to see the payload capacity of the vehicle. 

Towing with an EV

While towing is possible, with an EV capable of such, there are significant hurdles that technology has not quite caught up to.

Range

There is no way around it. The more you tow, the shorter distance you will be able to travel. With some testing, towing near the payload capacity for a particular car can cut the range in half. Consider that most of your towing might be done for recreation to places that likely do not have EV charging stations, this may rule out EVs overall.

Weight

The torque of the electric motor easily gets the vehicle and payload in motion. However, stopping the weight can prove problematic. Looking at the weight of the EV itself, it does not take a lot more in the way of payload to exceed some vehicle weight limits. Some EVs can weigh almost a ton more than their gasoline kin. This is a lot to stop, not even considering what is being towed.

Charging Supply from Braking

One of the ways EVs maintain their charge to extend their range is by using the braking action of the vehicle to provide a slight amount of regenerative power back into the system. When the force needed to stop the EV and the payload exceeds what this system can safely handle, many EVs will turn their regenerative braking systems off. Without this source of charging on the go, the range is decreased even more. 

Towing With a PHEV

Using a PHEV over an EV to tow, seems to solve most of these issues and keeps the benefits of an electric motor. The PHEV uses the electric motor to get things started before the gasoline engine takes over. Once at speed, the hybrid system keeps the fuel efficiency quite high. There still are some downsides to using a PHEV to tow. The added weight and strain on the electric motor and hybrid system can have significant effects on the longevity of the batteries. This is much less than what is seen with EVs but is still worth considering. 

Conclusions

There are many EVs and PHEVs that offer significant towing capacity. However, this comes at a significant penalty by reliance on denser networks of charging stations and potential more frequent replacement of battery systems. And if your goal is to get off grid you are likely not heading to places with lots of charging stations.

The Five Best Car Shows 

Barrett-Jackson Auction

For many people, the release of a new model from a favorite carmaker is exciting. For others, seeing perfectly restored vintage cars brings them back to memories of their early years. In both cases, any travel or extra work needed is well worth it.

The incredible variety of car shows around the United States, as well as the world that provides nearly any kind of experience you might be looking for. These can range from seeing cars that are over forty years old but look as new as the day they rolled out of the factory, to cars that look like they are from forty years in the future.

If you are looking for just such an experience, here are five car shows that may be just what you are looking for. Being able to see the evolution of the automobile first-hand is well worth the time. 

Classic Cars–Woodward Dream Cruise

It is fitting that one of the largest car shows in the world is just miles from the American City known for auto productions. The Woodward Dream Cruise is hosted each August just outside of Detroit, in Pontiac, Michigan. Expect to see over 40,000 classic cars on display or driving down the famed Woodward Drive.

Luxury Cars–Monterey Car Week

What is often described as “the most important car show in America”, this week-long luxury event takes place among the incredible scenery of Monterey Bay in California. Not only are you able to see mint-condition vintage models from famed makers such as Ferrari and Bugatti, but this event also serves as a “test” for many concepts, years away from production. The weekends with the “Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance” that has a dress-code expectation to match the elegant name.

New Releases/Concepts – Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

Held in late October in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1967, it was not until recent decades that SEMA had transformed into what it is today. Automobile manufacturers realize, and attendees expect this to be the premier event for incredibly advanced concept cars, “one-offs” and custom builds. Although many of these will never make it to full production, it is the ability to see what each carmaker is capable of that draws the interest. The advancements in auto technology shown here may just be used as part of a full production model shortly. 

International–Paris Motor Show

When the Paris Motor Show is held this October, it will mark the 124th Anniversary of one of the first international auto shows. There is no ignoring the travel and cost associated with attending this event. However, if you are looking to see what is on the near horizon from automakers, this is the event to attend, and the event provides great instructions and help for international attendees. With certain trade regulations affecting what is exported/imported to various countries, many automakers have models specific to certain regions, the Paris Motor Show brings them all together. There is a definitive shift as automakers have showcased new green technologies and car-driver connectivity never seen before.

Auctions – Barrett-Jackson

Taking classic car restorations to another level, entrants into a Barrett-Jackson auction take time to perfect every detail on their car, in hopes of getting a higher bid. These auctions are held periodically throughout the year in various cities. While this is not a traditional car show, there will certainly be one-of-a-kind cars rolling across the auction block. Plus, there is the bonus of watching the exciting action that an auto auction brings.

Spring Road Trip Destinations

In 2022 we are starting to get back to our everyday lives while still being mindful of others. Spring road trips are the best way to take a vacation while viewing new places around the United States. So, what are some of the best Spring road trip destinations you can take this year? We are glad you asked! Take a look at this list of unique places you can go this Spring.

Columbia River Highway

Do you love scenic views of nature? Or maybe you’re the type of person who loves to feel the car sway with the road. Whatever it is you love about road trips, you will be shocked by this 74-mile highway surrounded by greenery in Oregon. It begins in Portland and goes down to the Columbia River Gorge.

What You Can Expect To See

  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers
  • Bridges
  • Many Campsites

This is not an incredibly long road trip, but the best thing about it is that there are many campsites to stop at along the way. It will only take a few hours, but you can stretch it into a week if you are an avid camper and hiker.

State Highway 82 Colorado

If you’ve heard of Colorado, you know that it is meant for people who love the outdoors, which also includes road-tripping. During the spring and summer, you will want to hit this highway and stop for a look at Independence Pass. It’s the best stretch of road for people who love to drive and will take you through 32 miles of mountainous terrain.

What You Can Expect To See

  • Nature and Scenic Views
  • Mountains
  • Blue Skies
  • Rest Stops With Views

This is truly a magical road trip that you should plan on once in your life. It is fun to drive, filled with twists, turns, and sloped corners. This will make you want to drive more in the future.

The Big Five In Utah

Why is this called the big five? There are five national parks in Utah that you can easily stop at on this road trip. If you love geography and checking out the multiple parks on one trip, this is what you should be planning.

What You Can Expect To See

  • Bryce Canyon
  • Canyonlands
  • Arches
  • Zion National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park

This will be a fantastic trip if you love to drive and have an enthusiasm for national parks. Some of these parks are famous for their natural landmarks, and you can easily view them and photograph each one. Every year millions of people go to the parks just for the views, and it is worth it.

Pacific Coast Trip

You can spend 655 miles driving along the coast to view the Pacific Ocean. Does that not sound wonderful? You can roll down your windows and enjoy the smells of the ocean and the rich trees lining the roads. It’s a stunning sight when the sun comes out and the perfect road trip for this spring.

What You Can Expect To See

  • Bright Green Trees
  • Ocean Waves
  • Mountains and Boulders
  • Historical Landmarks

The west coast has plenty of places for you to stop on your road trip. You can take a day to hike around or even camp in beautiful areas. This can be as long as you want it, and the best thing is even though you’re driving, you will be surrounded by beauty. It’s time to plan your spring road trip destination to the west coast.

Tips To Plan Your Road Trip

It can be so fun to start planning a road trip, but you also need to take a look at the car you’re driving. Plan out how many miles you want to go and make sure your car can handle all of those extra miles. This can be a fun getaway if your car is ready to take on the road. Fill up on gas, plan your gas stops, and have food breaks before hitting the road.

If you are not 100% sure your car is ready for a road trip, consider getting a pre-trip inspection from a company that specializes in inspection and is willing to come to you. If only we knew of one we could recommend…