Do you have plans to go out with your family this season? If you are properly prepared, road trips are a great way to see the country, discover new places and add adventure on the way to your destination. But as we mentioned, preparedness is the key. When you take the time to plan and follow these 10 road trip tips, you are guaranteed a safer and more fun ride.
- Plan your route. This includes the driveway to your destination as well as overnight stays, food stops and even breaks in the toilet. You and your co-pilot can focus on the road and a safe ride.
- Eat during stops. Once you have identified your depot stops for snacks and meal breaks, if you are driving, try to limit eating to those stops. It is much safer to finish your food before setting out on the road so that you do not do more things or take your hands or eyes off the steering wheel.
- Plan around peak traffic. If possible, plan to drive through larger cities during opening hours. Getting stuck in rush hour traffic can add stress and risk to busy roads.
- Check the forecast. The safest day for a car trip is a dry day. Look at the radar in advance and check it again before you go. If foggy, icy, snowy or wet conditions are imminent, see if you can change your route or departure time (or even stay overnight somewhere along the way).
- Get a good night’s sleep. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving badly. Sleep a whole night before heading out on the road. If you have a long haul, set a rotation so that your passenger can rest while driving and take over when you start to feel tired.
- Service your vehicle in advance. Are you going to change the oil? Is your tire pressure low? Has it been a while since your last tune-up? Before any longer drive, take your car to a gas station or dealer.
- Reduce distractions in the front seat. It can be distracting when your front seat passenger watches a show or does another activity that distracts you from the road. Ask them if they will act as a different set of eyes and help by controlling the radio, the temperature and the navigation.
- Keep the kids entertained. A long journey can be made longer with noisy or restless passengers. If your kids are on the road trip, entertain them with fun snacks, activities and stretch breaks. These four printable games are a great place to start.
- Have an emergency package on hand. In the event of a puncture or car problem, have a towing number on hand and an emergency safety kit in the luggage compartment. See the 14 safety items to have in your car.
- Tow or pull safely. If you are transporting a boat, towing a trailer or having bicycles or a car holder attached to your vehicle, put safety first. Make sure all trailer lights are working and visible. Attach items to the roof or luggage compartment with reliable ropes or straps. If you see any movement out of the rearview mirror while driving, leave the motorway safely and reattach the objects. It is also a good idea to stop and check these items at regular intervals during your trip.
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