Summer Road Trip: How to Stay Safe on the Road

September 4, 2019

 

Vacations are exciting and they are the perfect time for making memories. Keep in mind that a safe trip will ensure that you have many more of those happy memories. A few basic safety tips will go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe when you head out for an adventure.

 

Check Your Car

About a week before you leave, take your car to get checked out. If you do need any repairs a week will probably be enough time to get them done, even if it's something more than minor. The main things to check are the following:

  1. Your tires: Do they have enough air? Is the tread worn down? 

  2. Oil: The recommended time between changes is usually between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. You might need a new oil filter too. 

  3. Belts and hoses: Very cold or very hot weather can wreak havoc on them. 

  4. Radiator: Make sure no leaks so the engine won't overheat. 

  5. Wiper blades: If you hit a rainstorm you will want your wipers to work for you.

Stay Focused

If you are the primary driver you might feel like you're missing the world go by. One way around that is to trade off driving if you are traveling with someone. One of the most important driving tips, especially when going long distances through landscapes that are monotonous, is to glance away from the road every few minutes.

 

Of course, you need to focus on the road in front of you and pay attention to the vehicles around you. But don't get too in-the-zone and let yourself get hypnotized by the road. You could put on some music and sing along (if your passengers will allow it) to keep yourself alert. you could also try a handful of raisins, almonds or other high-energy food to help you stay on track.

 

Prepare for Traffic

Traffic is part of most vacations, especially when you're going to a popular tourist spot. Keep your cool. Don't let the rudeness of other drivers get on your nerves. Slow is okay. You would much rather get to your destination a little late than not at all. Leave more space than usual between your vehicle and the other cars and reduce speed in heavy traffic to prepare for unexpected stops, avoiding accidents.

 

All of these things will help you in your journey on the road to be safe while traveling. If you implement these tactics, you can have a great time without worrying about getting hurt. 

 

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