Going on a Road Trip? Here Are 6 Tips For A Safe & Enjoyable Journey
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With the Covid-19 pandemic among us and traveling becoming more difficult, many people are turning to driving or long road trips to get to their destinations.
If you’re one of those going on a road trip this year, please note that you’re not the only one who’ll be on the road—the more reason for you to practice safety as much as you can.
What’s more, the weather might get unpredictable, so it's best to drive a car with four-wheel drive. On cars like the Land Rover Defender, you can look into roof racks like this roof top tent that you can install on your vehicle to carry your luggage and other belongings. Perhaps it’s your first time going for a road excursion, and you don’t know where to start or how to go about it. Not to worry, the post below has all the information you need.
Suggestions on Making Your Trip Fun
What’s a trip without some good old fun? The necessity to loosen up a little increases if you’re bringing little ones along.
Here are some simple ways to ensure that your road trip is positively memorable:
- Bring plenty of snacks along- that’s the only way to lessen the number of stops you’ll make while on the road. Snacks will not only boost everyone’s morale, but they’ll save you from your kid(s) hunger-related meltdown.
- Have a gas card- signing up for a gas rewards card is the way to go. Plenty of gas cards provides you with as much as two to three percent back on fuel.
- Ensure that you have a reliable set of wheels- there’s nothing as stressful as your car acting up in the middle of the road when you’re miles away from a servicing center.
- Think of a rental car service if your vehicle is an older model. Or, better yet, buy a new one before the trip day arrives.
- Have a playlist ready- if you’re traveling alone, you can have a list of all your favorite music. If you have company, it won’t hurt to include everyone else’s preferred musical choices. Apps such as Deezer and Spotify are best for creating an enjoyable playlist.
- Get social with the locals- it may be a challenge if you’re used to keeping to yourself, but it’s the only way to get some insight into the best eateries, local hotspots, and secret bars.
- Come up with a basic plan and remember to include some wiggle space- sure, outlines are essential; they help you get to places on time. However, try not to be too strict with yours.
Pointers on Having a Safe Road Trip
The following are some tips on having that safe and secure road excursion that you desire:
Make Overnight Reservations Beforehand
More people on the road means that hotels will be occupied quicker than you can imagine. You can save yourself the discomfort of driving for miles on end, searching for a place to sleep by making early reservations.
Charge Your Phone Until It’s Full and Have a Portable Charger Nearby
Emergencies can happen at any time. That’s why it helps to equip yourself with a fully-charged phone at all times- especially before you leave for your journey. The portable charger makes it possible for your phone to always be ready for use should you need it.
Have a Survival Kit In Your Vehicle
Your kit should include:
- Energy bars
- Warm clothes
- Snow scrapers (if needed)
- Jumper cables
- A car jack
- First aid kit
Share Your Plan and Route With Others Before Departing
You must map your route before you begin and share it with those you’re visiting or someone close. Sharing the route with individuals you're visiting helps them know when to expect you. And how they can reach you should you delay.
Check the road conditions of all the areas as you route plan. Such checks can help you learn which roads are inaccessible.
Never ever drink and drive, and make sure you pull over and rest if you feel yourself getting drowsy at any point while driving.
Drive During the Day
Still, in avoiding accidents, most people have trouble seeing at night as they age as their vision loses sharpness.
That’s reason enough for you to only drive during daylight hours on your road excursion. Even if your sight is still sharp, you should avoid driving when it’s dark for safety reasons. The weather can get worse at night. Or, you can take the wrong route if you fail to see a sign.
Make sure you're fully prepared and have reviewed all of the above steps before heading out on your road trip journey! Safety is always the most important things, so be sure to have your safety kit prepared, keep your friends and family updated on your location, and make sure your car is all set and ready for a long drive!