Safety Measures Before a Road Trip

Safety Measures Before a Road Trip

Setting out on a road trip? Great! But are you sure that you and your vehicle are properly prepared? In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most important safety measures and tips to take before and during your adventure.

First and foremost, your vehicle needs to be up to the task of a road trip. No matter how well prepared you are, if your vehicle is not, you will have a very unpleasant experience. Your vehicle has to be in good working order so that it doesn’t get broken down in the middle of nowhere, or even in the middle of the road in traffic. You would have a lot of headaches spared if you take your car to an auto repair center for some basic tune-ups prior to your trip, a good idea is 2-4 weeks beforehand, in case it turns out that there is something more major to fix. Without getting into too much detail you need to have the following expected: battery, fluids (ideally all of them), tires, belts, air conditioning, light and indicators, and wipers.

Rest is also of huge significance. Sleep deprivation is no joke, especially when you are driving long distances. First of all, prepare everything you will need a day ahead so that you do not have to worry about the luggage throughout the night before leaving(if you do not that can guarantee you a restless night). While on the road if there is the opportunity to change with another driver best do it, drive for 2-3 hours at a time and then switch up. If there is no one to switch with just take a quick pit stop, it won’t slow you down that much, but it will give you the opportunity to rest for a bit and regain concentration. If you feel yourself drowsy pullover and take a short break so that you can rest, you can even take a little nap. If the journey is really long you should make reservations at hotels in order not to find yourself without shelter in a town where you need to rest. Let’s recap, like previously stated, rest and proper sleep when on a road trip are crucial, you need to be absolutely alert while on the road. Exactly because of that avoid talking over the phone, that could distract you far too much.

Plan the route ahead of time, not only with a GPS but also with a physical map. That way if the GPS is wrong you can know and avoid going the wrong way, as well as, avoid a longer or more inconvenient route. Also, the GPS might lose signal or lose power, which makes it not as reliable as you need it to be.

Probably everyone knows that they should have a first aid kit in their car. But do you know what else is important to have in case of an emergency? Some of the items are pretty standard necessities, such as water, non-perishable snacks, and warm blankets. Others are not so easily anticipated because you don’t really think about those things until something happens. The list of these items would be the following: jumper cables, flares, flashlight, tools to change a tire or do a minor repair on the vehicle. In addition, you should always have a fully charged phone with you, and of course, a phone charger just in case. Although, since you are going on a road trip you have probably packed at least one phone charger. While we are on the subject of items in the vehicle, make sure that they are secured in the luggage compartments and the trunk. You shouldn’t have loose items that might go flying were there to be an accident. It is also crucial to secure the children on the back seat if you are taking a family road trip, but I think this is clear to every parent out there.

If you want to be completely certain that if anything happens you will have the option to call for help you should purchase roadside assistance. This is done through a private automobile association or your insurance company. You can call them for help if you get a flat tire or have another non-emergency situation with your automobile. Even if you have locked yourself out of your vehicle – you can call them. Bear in mind that if you have a new car, or if you have leased it, there could be roadside assistance included by the manufacturer for the first several years(depending on the manufacturer the years vary).

Drive safe, be prepared for the road trip as best you can, and enjoy the ride!

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