Getting ready for you next adventure? Feel like you’re all set for a lengthy road trip? Before you start your journey, make sure you got everything you need. If you’re traveling with family and kids, make sure to childproof it accordingly.
Here are some more reminders to make sure you have a fun and safe road trip:
Go for a tune-up. For smooth sailing trip on the road, ensure that your vehicle is in good working condition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that you hire a qualified mechanic to check your tires, battery, belts, fluids, and air conditioner. If you’re driving in a hot climate, you may need a motor oil with a higher viscosity.
Get a good night’s sleep. As stated by the NHTSA, driving while drowsy is a contributing variable in 100,000 accidents per annum . Drive only when well rested, and switch off with a different grownup every few hours, if possible.
Gear up for safety. The NHTSA also recommends road users to pack an emergency kit that features:
- Warm blankets
- A torch
- Jumper cables
- Tools to alter a tire
- A fully charged cell phone
- A first-aid kit
Take rest stops. Stop when you start to feel tired, even in the event that you want to make it a little further and rest. You might not reach your own destination as fast, but you will be much more alert and refreshed.
Be focused. Practically all crashes involve inattention on the part of one or both motorists. Distraction comes in several guises: daydreaming, fidgeting with the radio, sleepiness, tiredness and mobile phones.
Have an emergency roadside assistance contact information on hand. You’ll never know when your car will suddenly break down on you. So even if you have your vehicle checked by a mechanic prior to the trip, it is still best to have a trusted tow company that you can rely on during emergencies on the road.
Road trips are really American adventures that everybody may appreciate. Drive safe while you drive long. Take pleasure in the open road.