Five Tips for Safe Road Trips

Road trips are an affordable and fun way to travel. We have provided five tips for safe road trips to help you travel safely.

Tip # 1: Be secure on the road. Make sure to wear your seatbelt and secure children properly in the back seat. You can consult the vehicle and car seat manuals to be confident that your children are buckled in correctly. In addition, be sure to pull over if you are tired or need a break to stretch your legs. Driving while it is hard to stay awake causes a safety risk. Be sure to secure your safety on the road.

Tip #2: Be ready for anything. Plan ahead for anything that can come in the way of your road trip safety. You should have your car serviced and washed regularly so that you can avoid car troubles on the road. Furthermore, you can pack an emergency kit with items you may need if you are stuck on the road. This could include anything from jumper cables to a first aid kit.

Tip #3: Be patient while driving. When traveling long distances you may encounter traffic and other situations that may cause you to lose your patience. Try to be calm and avoid road rage. Your safety is at risk when you get upset or frustrated on the road.

Tip #4: Be sure to follow the traffic laws. Don’t speed, roll stop signs, or run red lights. Remember, when passing through a construction zone there could be altered speed limits. Pay attention to all signs to minimize your safety risk while traveling.

Tip #5: Be cautious of distractions and safety risks. Talking on the phone or using other electronics can be distracting on the road. Distracted driving is a very serious risk and could have fatal consequences. In addition to distracted driving, intoxicated driving causes major safety risks. According to the NCADD “an estimated 32% of fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian.” Make sure you have a designated driver if you will be drinking.

We hope you take these five tips for safe road travel into consideration and find them to be useful. Happy Travels!

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