Best Ways to Prepare for Road Trips

December 6, 2019

The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Because of the number of people out on the roads, it is also one of the most dangerous times of the year for driving. By preparing for road trips and reviewing some safety tips, you can ensure that you and your family arrive safely at your destination.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Many car accidents can be avoided by proper vehicle maintenance. The following checks should be performed well ahead of any road trip to allow for repairs if needed:

  • Clear vision is crucial for safe driving. Wiper blades should be clean and able to clear the windshield of precipitation and debris. Check your blades and replace them if needed and be sure you have enough wiper fluid. Make sure all your headlights and brake lights are functioning.
  • Worn tires are dangerous in an emergency and in inclement weather. Check treads and replace tires if they are worn down. The correct air pressure is also important for braking and good mileage.
  • Engine oil should be regularly changed to keep the transmission running smoothly. Check oil and other fluid levels before your trip.
  • Every motor vehicle should carry an emergency kit with jumper cables, first aid supplies, flares, flashlights, blankets, and extra food and water. It is also a good idea to have phone charging cables and batteries on hand.

Safety Hazards on the Road

Be aware of the most common driving hazards during the holidays and how to avoid them.

Drunk driving: Designate a driver for the evening so that you can be sure the person behind the wheel will be sober. If you are alone and had too much to drink, use a rideshare service or call a cab.

Drowsy driving: After enjoying a holiday feast, it is easy to feel sluggish and drowsy. Many accidents are caused by fatigue. If you feel sleepy, pull to the side of the road and take a nap before proceeding with your trip.

Speeding: Plan your trip factoring in traffic and rest stops. Try to stick to your itinerary so that you are not in a rush to get to your destination. Speeding means less time to react to unexpected obstacles and the need for greater braking distance.

Distracted driving: Never use a cell phone to text while driving. Even hands-free calling can be a distraction. Especially during holiday traffic, you should keep your eyes on the road and avoid distractions, such as programming navigation systems or the radio, eating, and caring for the children.

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