Road trips are a great way to vacation with your family and friends. If a road trip is part of your summer travel plan, it’s important to stay safe with our top tips below.
First and foremost, check your car’s safety before you go. If there is a schedule specified in your owner’s manual, make sure you follow it.
Check your tires
Confirm that your tires are properly inflated and that you have a spare. Check that all lights and wipers are in good working condition. You should also make sure you are up to date with your inspection and oil change.
Before you hit the road, put together a detailed driving plan for your trip. Also, make sure you bring a map and print out your directions! While GPS systems are very useful, they can sometimes lose service. You always want to have a back-up method for directions.
Keep passengers occupied
This is really important if you are driving with kids. Pack music, snacks and games. If you have a portable DVD player, make sure you bring it with some favorite DVDs.
Stock an emergency kit
It is essential to include an Emergency Kit. Include a flashlight, blanket, and first-aid kit, and a supply of water and snacks.
Bring a car charger for your cell phones. Long trips can drain your battery and you want to make sure you always have access to a phone if there is an emergency.
Buckle up and rest up
Make sure that all passengers have their seat belts on and take frequent breaks when you are on the road. Being well rested is more important than making good time!