One of the many great things about summer is the opportunity to take a
vacation, which many people use as a chance to take a road trip. Whether
you want to visit family, explore the country around you, see something
you’ve always wanted to see, or just want to start driving and find
an adventure along the way, road trips are full of rewarding experiences.
However, they can also be spoiled with bad experiences if you don’t
take the time to prepare. Here are a few tips that can both improve your
safety and make your road trip more enjoyable and rewarding this summer.
Before You Go
The first and most important thing you should do before any long trip in
your car is get your car serviced. Whether you choose to do this yourself
or bring it to your local service shop, make sure your oil is fresh, your
brakes and tires are in good working condition, your fluid levels are
topped off, and more. A car that isn’t prepared for the hundreds
or even thousands of miles you put through it is more likely to break
down, and breakdowns at speed could result in dangerous collisions.
You should also check your car for any safety recalls that may be issued
on it. All you need to do is visit the NHTSA’s website and enter
in your vehicle identification number (VIN) and it should tell you if
you need any sort of safety recall service before you take off.
Finally, check your tire pressures to make sure they’re at an appropriate
level, make sure all lights work (including your blinkers), and that your
battery is in good condition. Fix any of these things that may not be
working or at the correct level.
While On The Road
Driving long distances can be exhausting. Having to pay close attention
to what’s going on around you at all times requires a lot of focus,
which drains your energy and results in fatigue. Don’t push yourself
too hard—change drivers periodically to give your eyes and mind
a rest and you’ll be much safer.
Likewise, those who lose focus are more prone to mistakes while driving.
Make sure you follow the speed limit, signal all lane changes and turns,
stop for pedestrians, and never assume you know what another driver or
pedestrian is going to do. This is usually the first mistake that leads
to a serious and painful accident.
Also, make sure kids are always in the appropriate seat. Children under
the age of 13 should always ride in the back seat and make sure they use
the appropriate safety restraint or booster seat based on their age and
weight. Always teach your children to buckle up whenever they get into
the car: it could save their life.
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