Tips to help you stay safe on your next road trip
By Simon Duncan on March 25, 2019
There’s nothing I like more than a good road trip. Blasting my favorite tunes, eating gas station junk food, and giggling with my best friends are some of the highlights. I also love the freedom of the open road and the fact that we can easily switch directions or get off the beaten path when the local give us inside advice.
However, it’s also important to stay safe on your road trip. Some recent stats by Lease Car have demonstrated just how many people aren’t taking as much care as they think they are. For example, 70% of British drivers believe that people have become less courteous in the last ten years, you can find it here.
While some people believe that there is such a thing as being too courteous, I think there’s a big difference between being a courteous driver and being too hesitant on the road. There’s nothing wrong with letting someone in, waiting for someone to back out of a parking spot, or allowing them to take their time if they slow down in front of you.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe on your next road trip:
It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by just how many people don’t wear their seatbelts. Buckling up can cut your risk of being killed or injured by up to 50%. If you’re the driver, make sure you don’t turn on the car until everyone in the car is buckled in
Check your car
It’s super important to check your car is road-worthy before you get on the road. This is especially important if you’ll be driving for multiple hours at a time. Make sure you’ve checked your wiper blades, oil levels, fluid levels, tread levels, and tire pressure. If you need an oil change, get it done now. Make sure you have a spare tire and everything you need to change that tire in your trunk.
Get enough rest
Being tired can impair you enough that you have the same reaction times as if you were drunk. When your eyelids start to droop, your ability to keep your car on the road, react to other cars, and make the right decisions also starts to droop. Make sure you’re not taking any medication that can make you tired, and take turns driving if you’re getting drowsy. Every hour, make sure you take a break, get some fresh air, drink some water and stretch your legs.