As the warm weather hits us full blast, many people will be leaving for road trips. While road trips are so much fun, it is important to be aware of certain dangers before you start. According to the National Safety Council, the chance of dying in a car accident is 1 in 112. The chance of dying in a car accident for 16-24 year olds is 1 in 36. This is why it is important to follow these tips for a safer road trip.
1. Ready, Set, Go
When you are hitting the open road, it is important to be prepared. This means having your car checked out by a mechanic beforehand, packing essentials like a first-aid kit and map, and making sure you are aware of the laws of the state you are driving in. It is also important to be aware of your surroundings and to keep an eye out for potential hazards. Being alert and prepared can help you avoid accidents and make your road trip a safer and more enjoyable experience.
2. Check your car before you leave
Checking your car before you leave is an important step in ensuring a safe road trip. Make sure to check the following: Tires – Tires should be properly inflated and have good tread. Brakes – Brakes should be in good condition and adjusted to the correct tension. Oil – Oil should be at the correct level and not dirty or contaminated. Lights – Lights should be checked to make sure they are working properly. Windshield wipers – Wipers should be in good condition and properly adjusted. Fluids – All fluid levels should be checked and topped off as needed. Emergency kit – Make sure your emergency kit is fully stocked and up-to-date.
3. GPS, the vital road trip tool
A good GPS system is a road trip essential. Not only will it help you get where you’re going, but it can also be a lifesaver in case of an emergency. Make sure to download your GPS maps before you take off, so you won’t have to worry about data charges or losing service. And if your car has a built-in GPS system, be sure to update the software regularly with new maps and points of interest. You’ll also want to double-check that your GPS is set up to give you spoken directions, as this can be a huge help when you’re driving in a unfamiliar area. With a GPS system, you’ll have the peace of mind to relax and enjoy the ride.
4. Don’t forget your essentials
It’s easy to forget some of the basics when you’re packing for a road trip. Here are a few key items you don’t want to leave behind: your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance; a first-aid kit; snacks and drinks (especially if you’re taking a long trip); a map of the area; and a flashlight. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure you pack extra diapers, wipes and snacks. It’s also a good idea to bring a phone charger so you can stay connected even while on the road.
1. Plan your route in advance. This will help you avoid traffic and get to your destination more quickly.
2. Make sure you’re familiar with the laws of the state or states you’ll be driving in. There may be different rules when it comes to things like speed limits and cell phone use.
3. Keep your car in good shape. This includes checking the tire pressure, oil levels, and fluid levels. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.
We hope these tips help make your road trip a safe and happy one!
Whatever you do, don’t let your road trip get off to a bad start. Take some time before you leave to make sure that your car is in full working order and that everything’s shipshape and Bristol fashion (especially if this is the first long journey of the year). If you’re looking for advice on how best to use GPS technology while driving, check out our blog post here . If it can happen, then something will go wrong. That’s just life – but when you are on the road with strangers who have become friends, it’s even more important not to cut corners or skimp on preparation. Happy traveling!