What Should You Do to Have a Safe Summer Road Trip?

July 25, 2019 Driving Safety

With a full month of summer left, many people are hoping to enjoy the season and are planning trips to their favorite destinations. While you think about what to pack and what activities to plan, it’s important you also keep safety top-of-mind.

Let’s check out our top five tips for a safe road trip!

1) Schedule a Maintenance Appointment for Your Car

You should routinely have your car serviced throughout the year, and it is important to do so before a road trip. This will give you peace of mind that your car is running safely.

Schedule a maintenance appointment for services such as:

  • Oil Changes
  • Battery Checks
  • Tire Rotations

2) Create an Emergency Kit

While you will want to make sure you have all your bags packed for the trip, don’t forget to pack an emergency kit to have in your car. Here are some helpful items to have:

  • Cell Phone Chargers
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper Cables
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Water
  • Non-Perishable Snacks
  • Blankets

3) Never Leave Children Unattended in Cars

With scorching summer temperatures, children should never be left alone in cars. Make sure that even if you are running a quick errand, you bring them in with you.

Also, before heading out, make sure child seats are installed correctly and that children, and all passengers, are wearing their seat belts.

4) Take Regular Breaks 

Driving can be tiring, especially when you are driving long distances. Before a trip, make sure to get enough sleep. It’s important to take regular breaks to use the bathroom or stop for food and stretch during your trip.

If possible, split driving between licensed adults. Taking turns can help each other stay alert. If you want to plan ahead and break up the trip to make it more manageable, consider booking a hotel at a place halfway to your destination to split up a long trip.

5) Stay Alert

With distracted driving becoming an increasingly complicated issue, make sure to keep your eyes on the road. You should set your GPS before your trip, and avoid using your phone. You may not think about it, but passengers can also be a major source of distraction. You can still speak with passengers but work on getting into a habit of keeping your eyes on the road.

And remember, you are not the only one on the road. Always watch out for pedestrians, motorcyclist, and cyclists and ensure you give them extra space.

Have a Safe and Fun Summer Road Trip

We hope that by keeping these tips in mind, you can enjoy your trip safely and create great summer memories!

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