Getting out on the open road can be an exciting adventure, but you must plan ahead to avoid fatigue and the risk of crashing. The following driving tips can help you maximize the fun and minimize the risks of going on a long drive.
Get a vehicle check
Make sure your car is in good condition before a trip. Check at least fluids and tire pressure. If you are planning a long drive, it may be wise to let your mechanic give your vehicle a thorough inspection before you leave.
If you are planning a long drive, get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a good meal before your trip. Studies have shown that driver fatigue is a major cause of accidents. Driving hungry can also lead to loss of concentration or fatigue when sitting behind the wheel. Be sure to park off the road – not on the shoulder. Get out of the car for some fresh air and to stretch your legs. Take a nap if you need to.
Now it's time to take a snack if you'm hungry. Eating while driving is a form of driver distraction that can contribute to accidents. Nutritious snacks, as opposed to fast food, can help you stay awake on your journey.
This is important to increase your energy along the way. Make sure you carry plenty of water for the trip. This can mean more bathroom stops, but you can combine them with your rest breaks to save time.
Keep passengers entertained and happy
When passengers (especially children) get bored on a long drive, it can lead to hassle, causing stress and fatigue for the driver. Encourage passengers to either participate in pleasant conversations or spend time with books, puzzles or other diversions. Road trip games, such as I Spy, Twenty Questions or Association can help the hours go faster. If your vehicle has a video system in place, you can also play videos for your children to keep them entertained.
When traveling on unknown roads, it can be difficult to measure the distance to the next gas station. Do not wait until your vehicle is almost empty to stop for refueling. Start looking for a place to gas up as soon as it gets down to a quarter of a tank. Passengers can use their smartphones to help you find a gas station near where you are traveling.
Make sure you have the right car insurance
Even when you plan in advance and take measures to be safe on the road, there is always a certain risk of an accident, vandalism or other damage to your vehicles. That is why it is so important to have the right car insurance. Our friendly agent can review your insurance and help you have the car insurance you need.