Road Trippin’: Driving Safely on the Open Road

Planning a road trip anytime soon? Spring is the ideal time to get out on the open road and enjoy the thrill of adventure as you speed towards an entirely new destination. Whether you are intending to go over a long period of time or just for a day, staying safe should be your number one priority. Read up on a few of these tips of how to protect yourself before you embark on your next road trip.

1.Make Sure the Vehicle is Safe

Before setting out on any big trip, make sure your vehicle is in good condition by checking all the fluid levels including oil, brake fluid, windscreen washer fluid etc. Also, check the tyre pressures to make sure they are at the right level or you may end up driving without full control of your vehicle. Even though it may seem an obvious one, also double check that you have a full tank of gas!

2. Start Off Well Rested

Try to get a good night’s sleep before you set off on your road trip and make sure that you eat a good meal. A caffeinated drink may set you off on the right path, but remember the effects will wear off pretty quickly. You should pull over to take breaks every couple of hours, even if you don’t really feel that tired. Grab yourself a snack, get a bit of fresh air and stretch your legs a bit. If you feel especially exhausted, take a quick nap to give yourself some added energy.

3. Share Responsibility With Others

Rather than taking on the entire burden yourself, sharing driving responsibilities with another person can stop you getting too tired. This way, you can keep an eye on each other and provide directions when needed. You can also take a nap without losing time this way. If you are driving when the other person is asleep, put on some music and crack open a window from time to time to keep yourself alert.

4. Drive Sensibly

Driving sensibly should always be a priority whenever you get behind the wheel, but it is doubly important when you are driving on roads that you don’t know too well. Try to avoid accelerating or braking too suddenly, and give yourself plenty of room from the car in front of you. Before you embark on the trip, consider taking a defensive driving traffic school online to teach you some safer driving techniques. Always try to stay calm when you are driving regardless.

5. Don’t Rely Entirely on GPS

Though GPS devices continue to get better and better, be careful about relying on them too heavily as they are not entirely infallible. Remember to use your own judgement as well. A lot of people have gotten into accidents in the past either by following their GPS into dangerous situations or by focusing on it too much and not paying enough attention to what is out there on the open road.

How do you prepare for road trips? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Love, M.

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