With summer in full swing, many people are looking forward to a nice and relaxing vacation. However, for many of us, this involves traveling and oftentimes it means driving rather than flying. Summer is one of the busiest times on the roads, so it is important to be as safe as possible to protect yourself and your family, as well as others. It is also important to be prepared, so you can have the best possible journey to your destination. Preparing for your trip can take some time, but it is better to be prepared than to deal with issues that may have been avoided. The following are some tips for your summer road trips:
Get plenty of rest before leaving;
Prior to the day you leave input your address into your GPS, so you’re ready to go;
Get your vehicle serviced prior to leaving (oil change, brakes checked, tune-up, etc.);
Check over your vehicle yourself (tire pressure, A/C, headlights and blinkers, etc.);
Pack an emergency kit (purchase one or put one together yourself) and make sure it contains items such as a first aid kit, chargers, tools, blankets, water, etc.;
Make sure everyone is seated and has their seatbelts fastened before leaving;
Avoid distractions while driving (don’t use your cell phone, eat or read);
Avoid all alcohol and medications that cause drowsiness;
Bring a paper map;
If you’re tired, stop for a while or even overnight to get some rest;
Keep your gas tank full; and
Always be alert to what other drivers are doing.
Summer road trips are meant to be fun, so follow these tips and others to make sure you don’t start your vacation off on the wrong foot and you stay safe. Happy Summer Road Trip!