Road Trip Tips

roadtriptipsWhether you are planning a short road trip or a long road trip, it is important to stay focused on the road to avoid a car accident. Getting ready for a road trip can be exciting especially when thinking about the destination, but making road safety preparations is essential for the journey.  Before setting out on a road trip keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure your car is maintained, such as your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights.
  • Get plenty of sleep to ensure alertness during the drive.
  • Know your route before starting your journey.
  • Make sure all luggage and other items are stored properly so you won’t be distracted by any movement.

Once out on the road, there are other tips to keep in mind to help ensure a safe arrival as your destination:

  • Always have your seat belt on and make sure your passengers do as well.
  • Don’t use your cell phone, especially for texting.
  • Keep the radio down, and avoid adjusting it frequently.
  • Follow the posted speed limit signs.
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times.
  • Be prepared for any increases in traffic and potential delays along the way.
  • If you feel tired, find a safe place to take a short nap if necessary.
  • Avoid eating while driving, instead try to eat any meals during rest stops.
  • Do not drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid reckless maneuvers, such as weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Safely get out of the way of any aggressive drivers and don’t engage them with eye contact or gestures.

Road trips can be a lot of run, but they can also cause a bit of stress if traveling with multiple people. Make sure to keep your full attention on the road and don’t let your emotions affect your driving. When preparing for your next road trip, remember the tips above and enjoy the safe journey to your destination.

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