Travel Guidelines for Long Distance Trips

  • Drivers should be well rested before embarking on long-distance travel. A full night’s sleep the night before is strongly recommended.
  • A maximum of 16 hours or 800 miles of continuous travel, followed by a layover of eight hours is recommended. All-night driving should be avoided whenever possible.
  • Limit driving shifts to four hours per driver with a 10-15 minute break between each two-hour block. Each four-hour driving shift must be followed by one rest period of at least one hour.
  • During all driving shifts, a passenger must be awake and seated in the passenger seat next to the driver to insure that the driver remains alert.
  • Someone in the group should have a credit card to use when unsafe driving conditions require an overnight stay in a motel. Charges can be reimbursed to the individual and charged to the appropriate program account.
  • For trips of over 30 participants to the same destination, a bus with a paid professional driver should be rented.