Thinking of a road on your next trip? Driving comes with exciting potential, ideas and the exposure of new places, people, restaurants, making the ideas of driving cross country appealing for many thrill seekers and adventurers. It’s necessary to be prepared for a variety of situations and emergencies before you are driving. If you’re planning on taking a drive, check out the following tips so you can be prepared to handle whatever the road throws at you.
Get a good sleep: - Before beginning a long drive always get enough sleep and eat something before you go. Drive only when you are well rested.
Carry Emergency Kit: - These are small things but it can save your life. Pack a kit with snacks, bottled water, a blanket, car repair tools and emergency flares. It’s always good to be prepared for the worst case. So always carry useful things that will help you in traveling.
Repair Car: - For a wonderful trip makes sure your car is in good working condition. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you have your tires, battery, belts, fluids and air condition checked by a qualified mechanic. If you’re driving in a hot climate or towing a boat or trailer, you may need a motor oil with a higher viscosity.
Check the Weather: - You don’t have control on weather but you can be prepared for it. Make sure you won’t be driving through monsoons, hurricanes, or snowstorms before you start your road trip. If it is not necessary then avoid trip but if you were forced to drive through a little rain and snow then double check the brakes and windshield wipers are all in good working condition.
Plan Beforehand: - Jumping in to car and driving for long time till sunset sounds so excited. It’s definitely fun to be spontaneous on trips, but before trip plan out your general route and make sure you will have rest stop, food and the lodging options to choose from when the time comes.
Bring a Road Map: - Many time technology breaks, so be sure to keep a paper road map in your car, even if you are using an electronic GPS or other navigation system. Because it may be possibility about being lost, so save yourself some trouble if your GPS breaks down. A mapping app on your smartphone is another must have option for long road trips.
Back Up Your Mobile Phone: - Most of people put their phone in pocket, but for road trips it is important to be attached to your car’s phone charger. Losing battery power in the middle of a trip is not safe, especially if you are traveling alone. So make sure to keep your car charger handy on long trips. And it is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving for security reasons.
Wear Seatbelt: - One of the main and major tip, make sure everyone in the care buckles his or her seatbelt. Not only will it keep safe but in many places it is also law.
Aware About Traffic Laws: - Familiarize yourself with local traffic laws which vary from state to state and especially overseas. Is it legal to make a right turn at a red light? What are the rules on yielding to pedestrians? So keep up-to-date about the local traffic laws. And also check the web for traffic update and listen radio traffic alerts especially when approaching major cities.
These are very small tips, but can make your trip safe and enjoyable.