If you are planning a long-distance road trip, you certainly want to ensure that everyone arrives there safely. Driving for long stretches can be tiring and dangerous. Use the following helpful tips to assure your road trip safety.
- Always make sure to eat something the day of and get enough sleep the night before your journey. Getting a bunch of caffeine before the trip is not a good way to go about it, getting enough sleep, however, is. Caffeine will wear off over time and leave you feeling even more sleepy than you initially felt.
- Before leaving perform a “pre-flight” check. Make sure the car is roadworthy, paying attention to fluids levels, that all lights are operational, that the tires are in good condition and properly inflated and that you have a full tank of gas.
- Every couple of hours, make sure to take a pit stop. You should stretch, grab a snack and breathe in some fresh air. Not only can this make you feel better, but it can also make the drive much more fun for everyone involved. Even if you don’t feel tired, these stops are essential.
- If possible, take along someone that can share driving responsibilities. With another driver in the car, you can keep each other occupied or allow one while the other drives.
- If driving alone, crack your window and put on music. Try not to use the cruise control since thinking about your speed can keep you alert.
- Know the laws along the way. What may be legal back home may be illegal somewhere else.
- Use GPS or know the radio channels and hotline numbers for traffic alerts and updates.
- Know the weather before heading out. This includes where you’re coming from, where you’re going to and everywhere in between.
- If you are in a rental vehicle, make sure you are comfortable operating it. You want to be as familiar as possible with the car before hitting the road.
- If you have kids in the vehicle, make sure to make frequent stops for them. These stops can be for potty breaks or just to let them stretch and feel better about the whole trip. Why not try out a new playground?
- Make sure that you have snacks, drinks, napkins, tissues, blankets, extra clothes, a first aid kit and a spare tire to ensure that if anything happens that you’re prepared. You might get hungry along the way and want something healthier and more satisfying than fast food or the offerings of a convenience store.
- Always, always make sure that everyone is buckled up. That way, if the trip is interrupted by an accident, it won’t also be interrupted by a trip to the hospital or a funeral.
Road trips can be a great time to make memories. Make sure to make great memories with your companions by being prepared and smart on your journey.