Your bags are packed, your tank is full and you’re ready to hit the road! Summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the warm weather and scenic views with a road trip. Here are some safety tips for your next adventure.
Vehicle: Regardless of what type of vehicle you’ll be taking, there are some checks you should make before you hit the road. Make sure that the tires are inflated, brakes are fitted and fuel is properly filled. Also keep all the papers ready required.
Planning the route: Take a look at the route maps to find the best path for travel. Choose paved roads for travel and make more adventurous filled. Know where road exists and where the roads are non-paved.
Prep properly: Defensive driving starts before you pull out of the garage. Go through a pre-trip checklist prior to leaving. Important tasks include locking the car doors, adjusting the mirrors and buckling your seat belt.
Luggage and attire: Prefer to wear comfortable clothes that do not disturb your normal movements during the road trip. Pay attention to the climatic conditions and make sure proper dresses, shoes are taken to comply with the temperature.
Emergencies: A travel may not be 100% perfect . So plan in all possibilities
Stay alert: Your mind may be on your destination, but it’s important to stay “in the moment” when driving. Ensure your focus is on the road by choosing not to drive when you’re drowsy, emotional or impaired.
Be proactive: Look down the road, and try to spot the hazards. Does a driver need to change lanes? Attempt to move over. Is it starting to rain? Ease up your speed. Does the driver ahead keep slamming on the brakes? Maintain at least a three- to four-second gap between your two vehicles.
Avoid distractions: Besides your cell phone, there’s another gadget guilty of taking eyes off the road: a GPS. “Program the GPS before you leave the driveway.
Follow Rules: abide by the traffic rules and regulations during the road trip. Use necessary hand signals and indicators at required points.
Slow down: Follow the speed limit, and reduce your speed according to road conditions. This safety precaution also gives passengers time to enjoy the scenery. And if you enjoy looking out the window, consider driving in shifts.
Remember: Even the safest drivers can get drowsy. Plan to break up your trip by rotating drivers periodically. That way, the person behind the wheel is fresh and alert, and the one in the passenger seat can help the driver stay focused.
It’s important to keep safety in mind and observe them to make the road trip happy. Follow these tips and make your journey memorable.