Sun is in the forecast for many Ontarians heading south to enjoy some family fun over March Break.
CAA South Central Ontario has found that the top three driving destinations of choice for members this March Break are:
1. Orlando, Florida
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3. Ontario – various city-centre locations such as Ottawa and Toronto
“The Southern United States continues to be a popular destination among Ontario travellers,” said Kaitlynn Furse, manager of public relations at CAA SCO. “Family-friendly spots like Florida and South Carolina top the list of March Break destinations, while some travellers are choosing to stay closer to home.”
CAA SCO has prepared over 3,500 TripTiks for members planning road trips this March Break. Vancouver, British Columbia and New York City are also top destinations for the break. TripTiks outline routes for travellers detailing highway exits, rest stops, lodging and construction projects.
CAA SCO recommends a daily driving maximum of 800 kilometres with 15-minute breaks every two hours. When driving long distances, give yourself plenty of breaks from driving and ensure you are well rested before you get behind the wheel.
Make sure you are road trip ready before heading out, by reviewing the following tips:
Change your oil
Check your tire pressure and brakes
Replace worn or damaged wiper blades
Test your battery
Check your first aid and emergency kit to ensure you are well prepared in the
event of unforeseen circumstances
Check the weather forecast before you leave and plan your route accordingly
Pack the correct travel documents
Ensure travel insurance is part of your plans if you are travelling outside of Ontario
Families travelling with children across the border must have a valid passport and may also require supporting documentation such as:
Any legal documents pertaining to custody
A parental consent letter if a child is travelling with one parent, without either parent or alone
Any status documents from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Other important steps to take before travelling to another province include:
Check your health card to ensure it’s still valid, with correct contact information. If you’ve moved, you can update your address online with ServiceOntario.
Bring a health card for all family members travelling with you if you’re planning to travel within Canada.
Review what is and is not covered by OHIP.
We never want to think about what could happen or worst-case scenarios, but it’s important to consider the “what ifs”. Check to ensure you’re covered for injury, illness and disaster (paralysis, death, repatriation).
Seek private health insurance to cover any uninsured services you may need.