There are very few things in this world better than traveling. Especially when you are traveling with your family and when you are behind the wheel and can go wherever you want, whenever you want. But, as the famous movie line says “with great power comes great responsibility” and all the things you would otherwise pay others to worry about are now befalling on your shoulders. So, let’s see what you can do to make the road trip as safe as possible and sleep the sleep of the just.
Check Your Emergency Items
According to Liberty Mutual Insurance, 45% of the US drivers don’t check their emergency items before they hit the road. These numbers can serve as a great representation of what we can see in the rest of the world too, which is very unfortunate because the entire process barely takes few minutes. So, the next time you set off on a journey, make sure that you have the entire emergency kit, fire extinguisher, mobile phone charger, and three reflective warning triangles by your side.
Don’t Get Robbed
Keep in mind – other drivers aren’t the only problem you are going to face. If you are traveling in a car laden with luggage, you have much better chances of getting into trouble while you are parked. Minimize the risk of being robbed or attacked with these few steps:
- Don’t discuss the route of your travel in crowded public places.
- Always park the car within your sight.
- Use truck stops for prolonged stays.
- If you are sleeping in a motel, always get an upstairs room.
- Act like a local.
Get a Car Maintenance Crash Course
There are too many areas that are not covered by a mobile network. Having the basic knowledge of how to change tires and make some smaller repairs on your 4-wheeled friend will prove to be more than useful when you are stuck in the middle of nowhere and there’s no one to come to your aid.
Make Regular Stops
Even if you are not feeling fatigued, you should make regular stops every few hours to get your batteries charged. Make these stops more frequent in the early morning and late evening hours. You will get your recharge when you need it the most and you will stay out of the road in the time when drivers are overtired and not as attentive as usual.
Take Care of the Backseat
Taking the eyes off the road even for a second can end in a disaster. That is why you should provide your kids with some engaging form of entertainment that doesn’t include any kind of potential projectiles or small items kids can start chocking on. A tablet packed with games and their favorite show may just be what you need to solve this problem.
Give Your Car a Quick Once-Over
Not every accident occurs due to human error. That is why you should find a reliable company that offers wheel repair services, and work your way up from there until you are sure that your car won’t betray you when you least expect it. Don’t even think about leaving the house if your wheels, breaks and engine aren’t in the prime condition.
Play by the Rules
This may sound shabby but it is worth repeating – if you obey the rules you will keep the chances of something unpredictable happening to the bare minimum. Fasten your seatbelt, pay attention to the speed limit, be polite to other drives, and stay in the right lane, and everything will be ok.
If you follow these few tips, your road trip should be smooth sailing. Even if some of these measures may sound too zealous, remember – it’s better to be safe than sorry.