As summer approaches, so does the height of the U.S. travel season. Being out on the roads is enough of a risk, but the risk grows when the traffic thickens. With millions of people moving at high speeds all around the country, it can be easy to see how accidents occur.
The key is to not leave yourself ill equipped. Learn what it takes to keep your whole travel party safe on the roads, and check out a quick overview of some road trip safety tips you should always remember.
Prep properly before you go
A great road trip is a well prepped road trip. You want to make sure you’ve packed plenty of drinks and healthy snacks for sustenance along the way, so you don’t spend half the budget at the various gas stations you pass along the way.
Get plenty of sleep
Make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before you hit the road. Driving tired is dangerous too. Even if you haven’t had any kind of substance, the sheer effect of exhaustion on your driving abilities can be dangerous.
Missing this step in preparation can mean the difference between arriving safely and getting into a car accident. Get a full night’s rest before you leave, and don’t be too tough to swap out drivers if possible.
Check the vehicle for safety
It makes sense to check out the vehicle before you go on an extended road trip. You need to check that the tires are in good shape.
You need to check all of the fluids, and consider having your oil changed. Make sure the brakes are in working order, and check your windshield wipers. It sucks to be caught in a storm without good wipers.
Always keep a first aid kit in the car
Small injuries on the road don’t have to be an inconvenience if you have a first aid kit in your vehicle. It’s good to keep the essentials on hand. Pack alcohol wipes, bandaids, gauze, itchy/burny cream, and some hand sanitizer, and you’ll be in good shape.
Always have a spare tire handy
You also need to pack a first aid kit for the car itself. Keep a spare tire handy, and make sure you have the proper tools to change a flat. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road with the wrong size tire iron.
Don’t drive distracted
There’s plenty of fun to be had inside the car as you go along in your road trip adventures, but make sure to keep it tame. Driving is a huge responsibility that should not be taken lightly.
Your attention needs to be wholly focused on the road at all times. Driving with the distraction of a cell phone, people getting rowdy, or loud music/movies blaring can ultimately ruin everyone’s fun. Stay safe, and keep your eyes on the road.