If you and your family will be traveling this summer, there are a few important things you should do to get ready for the road. Making sure you’re engaging in safe driving practices will ensure that you and your loved ones enjoy your trip and create great memories on your vacation.
If you’ll be traveling long distances, or you’ll be driving in parts of South America or Eastern Europe, you’ll need to do some research concerning the roads you’ll be traveling. Find out whether the road is closed for construction and try to get some information on whether the traffic is usually especially fast or slow on the road. If there are tolls or checkpoints on these roads, make sure you are prepared by having your identification on hand and enough cash or change for the tolls. Even if you aren’t traveling on a tight schedule, you should be aware of road conditions so you don’t end up in a dangerous area late at night.
Everyone has a smartphone these days, but you’ll need to bring a paper map along as well. If your phone battery dies, or you’re not able to get GPS reception to work, you could end up completely lost. Look over the map before your trip begins to get more familiar with your route, which can keep you less stressed while driving. If you aren’t very familiar with the area you are going to be traveling to, consider marking a few key points on the map so you can orient yourself if needed.
While you probably regularly encounter semi trucks while driving, you need to be extra careful when traveling. The roads you will be driving may not have a lot of lanes, or they may be windy or hilly. These semis can weigh up to 40 tons, making any accident that occurs catastrophic or deadly. Make sure you give them enough space and that you are very careful when passing a semi. Even though it may be frustrating, wait to pass until you are sure that you are safe before passing any cars.
Finally, make sure your vehicle is in the best condition before getting on the road. Your tires should be in good condition and you should make sure you have an inflated spare tire in case of a flat. Have your mechanic top off all the fluids in your vehicle to make sure you have enough motor oil, freon, brake fluid and windshield wiper fluid. Be sure that all the lights and turn signals are working properly as well. Of course, you should also fill up your gas before your road trip starts, and make sure you know where gas stations are along your route for when you need to fill up.
Your road trip will be a lot of fun, but you still need to make sure you are properly prepared. Nothing ruins a vacation like an accident or ending up stranded in the middle of nowhere.