Road Trip Safety

road trip safety

Memorial Day starts the most popular season for taking road trips. Whether you are traveling to see National Parks, historical sites, or visiting friends and family this summer, we want you to get there safe. There are some basic safety tips you can use every road trip to ensure you have a fun, safe time.

Be Prepared

Before 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
  • Brakes
  • Belts, caps, hoses, and filters

Another area of preparation should include emergency items for changing a spare tire like a spare tire and the necessary tools. Extra blankets, water bottles, and a little cash on hand are all good things to keep in your trunk. It is also a good idea to make sure you have your driver’s license.

Communicate Your Plans

An 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 Drowsy

Getting 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

If none of these are working, pull off the road to a safe place and take a nap. 

Watch for Changes

When driving on unfamiliar roads, it is important to be extra watchful. Roads are generally the same, but there are small differences between states. Some examples are changing speed limits, interchanges, and road hazards. Having unexpected changes in roads or directions can increase your chances of getting into a crash. While drivers should always pay close attention to the road, it is especially important to be vigilant in an unknown area.

Small Steps Make a Big Difference

If you are getting ready to go on a road trip, these tips will help keep you safe. Road trips are a great way to vacation on your way to a vacation. It is important to make every trip memorable for the right reasons. Whether you are a new driver or an experienced driver, the amount of preparation put into the trip will help ensure you have a great trip.