Setting out on the open road can be an exciting adventure, but you need to plan in advance to avoid fatigue and the risk of crashing. The following driving tips can help you maximize the fun and minimize the risks of embarking on a long road trip.
Before a trip, make sure your car is in good operating condition. At a minimum, check the fluids and the tire pressure. If you are planning a long road trip, it may be wise to have your mechanic give your vehicle a thorough checkup before you set out.
If you are planning a long drive, get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a good meal before your trip. Studies have shown that driver fatigue is a major contributing factor to accidents. Driving hungry can also lead to a loss of concentration or fatigue when behind the wheel.
Even if you don’t feel sleepy, pull over and take a break every few hours on a long drive. Be sure to park off the road – not on the shoulder. Get out of the car for some fresh air and to stretch your legs. Take a quick nap if you need to.
Now is the time to have a snack if you’re hungry. Eating while driving is a form of driver distraction that can contribute to accidents. Nutrition-packed snacks, as opposed to fast food, can help you remain alert on your trip.
This is important for increasing your energy on the road. Make sure you carry plenty of water for the trip. It may mean more bathroom stops, but you can combine them with your rest breaks to save time.
When passengers (particularly children) get bored on a long drive, it can lead to bickering, which causes stress and fatigue for the driver. Encourage passengers to either engage in pleasant conversation or pass the time with books, puzzles, or other diversions. Road trip games, such as I Spy, Twenty Questions, or Association can help the hours pass more quickly. If your vehicle has a video system in place, you can also play videos for your children to help keep them entertained.
When traveling on unfamiliar roads, it can be difficult to gauge the distance to the next gas station. Don’t wait until your vehicle is close to empty to stop for refueling. Start looking for a place to gas up as soon as it gets down to a quarter of a tank. Passengers can use their smartphones to help you find a gas station close to where you are traveling.
Even when you plan in advance and take steps to stay safe on the road, there is always some risk of an accident, vandalism, or other damage to your vehicle. That is why it is so important to have the right auto insurance. Our friendly agent can review your policy and help ensure you have the auto insurance coverage you need.