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 trip, it may be wise to let your mechanic give your vehicle a thorough inspection before you leave.
Get rest and nourishment before you hit the road
If you are planning a long drive, sleep well 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.
Even if you do not feel sleepy, you can take a break every two hours on a long drive. 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 quick nap if you need to. Catalog
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 car journey, it can lead to trouble, 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 hours go faster. If your vehicle has a video system in place, you can also play videos for your children to entertain them.
When traveling on unfamiliar 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 ahead and take action to be safe on the road, there is always some risk of an accident, vandalism or other damage to your vehicle. 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.