Be PreparedBefore you start off on your journey, make sure you have some basic preparations. The best place to start is with your vehicle and making sure everything is ready for a long car trip and functioning properly. Some things to check are:
- Oil level
- Tire pressure
- All fluids
- Headlights and signals
- Belts, caps, hoses, and filters
Communicate Your PlansAn important way to stay safe is to make sure someone knows your travel plans. If you ever get into car crash, have car troubles, or get lost, someone will know how to find you. If possible, check in regularly too since many people do not get cellphone coverage their whole trip. This helps narrow down the possible places you could be if something happens. While making random stops is an exciting part of road trips, it is still possible while having a general map drawn up. Mapping out your route before leaving also helps avoid problems like road closures, construction, and toll roads. Keeping an extra charger with you to keep your phones charged and GPS running.
Do Not Drive DrowsyGetting enough rest for a road trip is vital to staying awake and alert while driving. Drowsy driving is dangerous, claiming 795 lives in 2017. Too often, drivers want to push through their fatigue and get to their location. When tired, brains have impaired cognition and performance, similar to being drunk. Most drivers have their own tips and tricks for staying awake while driving, but here are some ideas.
- Drink caffeine
- Talk to a passenger in the car
- Roll down the window
- Listen to the radio