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Road Trip Safety Tips
March 8, 2018
As the weather slowly warms up, you’re probably looking forward to a road trip
sometime this spring or summer. Whether you’re driving across the country or just
across the county, these road trip safety tips will make sure you get where you’re going safely
and you’ll be prepared in case something does go wrong.
- Get some rest. A lot of people like to get up as early as possible and start driving
immediately. Though you’ll get where you’re going a lot earlier, always make
sure the driver gets to bed early the day before if this is your plan.
- Always have 2 people awake when driving long distances (and make sure one of
them is the driver)! It’s a lot harder to fall asleep when you’re in a conversation.
Likewise, it’s a lot easier to fall asleep when you’re in a car packed with your
- Keep distractions at a minimum. It can be tempting to check your phone every
few minutes when it feels like you’re driving in the same direction on an empty
highway for hours on end. But it only takes a split second to miss something on
the road that could turn into a major accident in a hurry.
- Make a playlist. Whether it’s all your old favorites or you want to catch up on all
the hot hits, if you’re engaged in what you’re listening to, you’ll be a lot more
likely to stay alert and awake for a long drive. If talk is more your thing, there are
literally thousands of podcasts available now- there’s sure to be one that will be
far too enrapturing to let you nod off while listening.
- Take breaks. Limit stretches of driving to around 2 hours between breaks.
Whether it’s stopping for snacks and coffee or just to stretch your legs, it’s a lot
easier to stay mentally alert when you give yourself some variance from time to
time while driving long distances.
- Charge your phone. It might be second nature to a lot of us in this day and age,
but a long day of driving using your phone’s GPS for directions can drain the
battery quickly. Though you shouldn’t be doing much else on it while driving, you
don’t want to be in an emergency and suddenly find out your phone doesn’t have
enough juice to sustain a call to emergency services.
- Pack a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket, a first aid kit, umbrellas, and bottled
water. You can probably think of a few more basics to have on a long trip- but
don’t forget these essentials in case something should go wrong.
If you follow these tips, you’ll make it to your destination and be ready to enjoy vacation.
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