The holiday season is upon us, and there are many miles to be driven. For those who plan to make the yearly “routes” during the holidays, it’s wise to brush up on your road trip safety tips. The best part of the holidays is when people come together, but you have to get there first.
Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or a mixture of both, you want your holiday road trip to be enjoyable and safe. Take a few moments to read through some safety suggestions that will help make your holiday travels a bit more enjoyable.
Know what to do after an accident
You probably don’t even want to think about the worst-case scenario, but accidents happen. You need to equip yourself with the right information to handle the situation should you be presented with the issue.
If you’re on a road trip, you need a vehicle to finish your journey or get home should you have a car accident. Make sure you know of at least two backup plan options for just such an instance.
Also, understand the basic steps of what is expected from you after a car accident. Have your insurance information on hand, and don’t ever leave the scene before speaking with police.
Take common safety precautions
Always start with the basics for a safe road trip. Make sure everyone is wearing a seatbelt. Keep the distractions in the cab as low as possible. Don’t drink or do other substances while or before you drive. The common-sense safety steps are still just as applicable as ever.
Get plenty of sleep before driving
Driving sleepy is just as bad as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you’ve ever tried your hardest to fight the sleep in the dead of night on an empty highway, then you understand the struggle is real.
Make certain that you get a full eight hours of sleep before a long drive. Also, don’t feel like you have to tough out the whole trip, and don’t hesitate to turn the wheel over to another capable driver when necessary.
Check a few things on your vehicle
It’s always best to make a full sweep of your vehicle before heading out on a road trip. Make sure the oil has recently been changed, the tires are all in good repair, your windshield wipers are working properly, and that all of your vehicle’s lights are working properly.
Take the time to check all of the fluids under the hood of your vehicle as well. If you want to go a step further for safety, have your mechanic take a quick look at the vehicle before the trip.
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