After a long work week, a trip will do you some magic. A road trip will calm your nerves. The breath of the fresh air brings a calming effect. Most likely, this will make you rejuvenated. Why not hit the road? A road trip down the unwinding road, maybe? A road trip is amazing. You can drive straight through or make frequent stops to marvel at museums, memorials or have a picnic at some point on the way.
However, before hitting the road, here are some safety tips to be considered. The safety measures help you have maximum fun getting the most out of your money and car. Adhere to the measures lest the trip becomes a very horrible experience. An encounter that makes you dread any future road trip travels.
1) Tune-up your car
Check your car to ensure it is in the best condition. If there is anything that needs a fix, make haste and do so. Assuming the issue that needs a fix is minor will cost you a big time. Contact your mechanic to have a close examination of any slight issues.
A thorough checking makes your travel peaceful. There will be no panic moments of a faulty vehicle. Worries and fears of getting stranded because the engine shut down will be count-out.
2) Safety checkup
Once you are pretty sure the car is perfect, could you give it a basic safety checkup? Check all the fluids. Ensure the tires are not worn out. The treads’ firm grip on the road assures you of a smooth ride. Get some fresh oil for the parts that need oiling.
Your air conditioning should be working perfectly. The wiper blades, too, should be in good condition and shape. Imagine it suddenly starts raining and your wiper blades are faulty? This translates to waiting for the rain to subside before continuing with your journey. You will have wasted a good amount of time. What if the rain never stops?
3) Ensure the Car is Insured
However obvious this may sound, always have up to date car insurance and a driving license. A week before your trip, have a look at both. Expiry may be on the exact travel date. You don’t want to have renewal freaks on the day of travel. Have the documents at your disposal. Imagine waking up to a frantic search that messes up the whole trip.
4) Travel Itinerary
A travel itinerary helps you decide on the destinations to visit, the means of transport between the destination places and, the time you will spend at each location. It is more of a schedule to help you manage your time while exploring all the places you plan to visit. Nevertheless, in case of unforeseen circumstances like extreme weather patterns or traffic that might cause an interruption of your schedule, with an itinerary, you will always have an option.
5) Pack an Emergency Car Kit
Do not forget an emergency car kit. Never leave home without one! In case you go without, make a quick purchase on your way. Make a list of the things you will need if an emergency arises. The emergency kit includes first aid supplies, water, jumper cables, a phone charger compatible with your car and of course, food!
6) Emergency Contact Numbers
Nobody expects the worst to happen. However, you should have a list of close contacts in case of an emergency. You can fall sick or, worse still, have an accident while on the trip. Anyone coming to your rescue has to find your emergency contact list easily. It will be almost impossible for someone to take you to the hospital without reaching out to your people.
7) Insure your Travel
Insuring your travel is the last thing anyone will ever think about. When planning a road trip, think of any worst-case scenario. How will you handle it? A minor bruise, injury, or illness can cost you handsomely when you are away from home. Accidents can happen anywhere on an impulse. Getting an emergency medical travel cover will help you curb unexpected costs related to hospital visits outside your home country.
Other Useful Tips
Grab some good night sleep before hitting the road. Lack of enough sleep will make you drowsy. A drowsy driver is most likely to veer off the road or make silly road mistakes.
Ensure you’re well-rested before driving, especially if it is a solo trip. If travelling with another adult who is a jerk on the steer, take turns driving. Turn-taking will help you pay close attention to the road. Moreover, the arches give your body a deserving rest.
Before leaving, cruise the internet to have an overview of the place you are travelling to. Gather tons of information about staying safe in your destination. Comparatively, find out about the culture and customs of the places. You don’t want to be scolded for wearing a skimpy dress since it is taboo among your host.