Americans love their road trips and go out in large numbers to visit relatives, camp, fish, hunt, visit resorts and amusement parks or enjoy our beautiful country. Before leaving the city on your car journey, take the time to review these safety tips for the driver – they can save a life.
A vehicle inspection
Before a long journey, make sure your vehicle is in top condition. Have a professional mechanic check the brakes, lights, windshield wipers and condition of your tires and other systems so that you are less likely to have a breakdown or be involved in a dangerous accident.
Prepare for the weather
Every region in the United States has unique weather conditions, from unbearable heat in the south to rain, snow and ice in the north and east. Wherever you plan to travel, take into account the weather conditions. Encountering a snowstorm while traveling to visit family on vacation can be a daunting experience, especially if you are unfamiliar with winter driving conditions.
A significant proportion of car accidents occur in bad weather. Make sure you are equipped for all the weather you can experience by bringing flares, extra blankets, water and food. If you encounter severe weather conditions, stay or stay for the night instead of trying to reach your destination. If you have an accident with another vehicle or if your car, SUV or van breaks down, it can take many hours for help to arrive. vehicle. These would include a portable cell phone charger, flashlight, blankets, flares, water, perishable food such as protein bars and a first aid kit. A small shovel can prove to be a lifesaver if you are stranded in a snow bank. Always make sure that if your vehicle is running, that the exhaust pipe is free of snow to avoid the risk of exhaust fumes entering your vehicle while trying to stay warm.
Get enough sleep.
Driving long distances requires energy and focus. Never start a road trip without making sure you get enough sleep. If you get tired during your travels, do not push it – pull yourself forward and rest. Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving, according to NHTSA reports.
Follow the traffic rules
You may want to get to your destination as soon as possible, but make sure you are aware of the speed limits and follow the traffic rules. The specified speed limits are not safe in severe weather, so slow down. Always use your signals to change lanes and be especially careful if you are on a highway with many commercial trucks. Be a road safety fanatic.
Children and vehicle safety
If you have small children, it is natural that they easily get bored on long road trips. Make sure they are safe and comfortable in an approved car seat, and if they need a break, stay – but keep them secured in a car seat while the vehicle is moving, in any case.
Make sure your insurance is up to date  Your personal insurance can be a lifesaver when something goes wrong. If you are planning a car trip, we invite you to meet with one of our local agents to review your coverage and make sure you have all the insurance you need in case of an emergency when you are on the road or away from home.