The 2/2/2 rule is one of the easiest ways to maintain a positive traveling environment, so you’re not grumpy when you arrive at your destination. More importantly, it’ll keep you safer and more alert.
By limiting your drives to no more than 200 miles in a day, you keep things manageable. A shorter distance means less time on the road and more time adventuring and relaxing. This is particularly important for full-time travelers, especially families.
Another piece of the 2/2/2 rule is to find a place to pull over every two hours. Whether it’s to fuel up your tow vehicle, stretch your legs, or go to the restroom, these stops can make for a much smoother trip. Use this time as an opportunity to eat snacks, get meals, or top off your fuel tank. Managing your time during these breaks can help avoid unnecessary stops later in the trip.
One of the most frustrating circumstances in RVing is pulling into your campsite in the dark. Not only is it more challenging, but the campground has likely filled up already. To avoid this, plan to arrive at your campsite by 2 p.m. (or as early as you can if check-in is later) and give yourself time to enjoy the evening.
The hitching and unhitching process can be draining. When you combine that with the weariness brought on by traveling, you have the perfect storm of exhaustion. One way to avoid this is to stay for at least two nights at each stop.
There is an alternative rule, which is the 3/3/3 rule. This rule serves the same purpose as the 2/2/2 rule, but instead of 200 miles, two hours or 2 p.m., and staying for at least two nights, it’s three. So you shouldn’t travel more than 300 miles, stop every three hours, and stay at least three nights.
- Prevent RV Driving Burnout - Makes Travel Days Less Stressful - Gives a Chance to Rest Between Travel Days