My best friend and I are planning a July 2010 road trip to Orlando, starting in Dallas. She will be 19, and I'll be 18. I've never been in an accident. She's only been in two, neither of which were her fault.We're paying for the entire trip ourselves, and not asking for ANYTHING from our parents. This is what we've come up with so far:
-We'll calculate exactly how far it is plus the estimated gas mileage my car gets, and let them know that we have well over enough funds.
-We're giving them detailed packets of information including our travel itineraries, where we think we might lose cell service, where we're planning on stopping, and hotel information and contact numbers.
-We're driving in 3 hour shifts or less, and the passenger can sleep if they need to.
-We'll stop frequently to avoid "highway hypnosis"
-We're buying pepper spray and a screecher, since we're both teenage girls.
-We're getting my oil changed + new tires two weeks before the trip
-I already have roadside assistance for my car
-We picked a hotel that we can legally check into at 18, and that has shuttle service for the theme parks we want to visit so we don't have to pay extra for parking.
What else should we do to ease our parent's minds? We're good kids, we don't go to parties, drink, do drugs, etc. We're just really hoping we can convince them that we'll be ok. This isn't totally unreasonable, right?