Road Safety for Your Next Family Road Trip

Road Safety for Your Next Family Road Trip

Get on the road safely!

With the coronavirus wreaking havoc on billions of lives around the world, we have all been forced to change how we do so many things, and that includes travel. While many have been reluctant to travel at all, some have taken a more cautious approach to family vacations by staying out of the airports and jumping into the car for a family road trip.

Take a look at some tips that can make your next family adventure safe and fun.

Get Your Car Ready

While the easiest thing to do is to rent a car, it will add to the cost of the trip. However, if your vehicle is not up to the task of taking the entire family on a long-haul adventure, whether it needs too much work to get it ready, it’s too small, or you simply don’t have a vehicle, you can always opt for a rental.

In renting a car, you can choose the vehicle type you want, so you can have all the room you need. Ask the car rental agency to provide you with the best SUVs for families and you should be on your way.

Otherwise, when dealing with your car, make sure your vehicle is serviced and everything is in good working order. Take it to a certified auto mechanic for routine maintenance and to check the breaks and tires before getting on the road. And don’t forget to bring along a snow brush and tire chains if you expect wintery weather.

Whether you rent or use your vehicle, you better make sure you have all your paperwork in order, in case you’re asked for your license, ownership, and proof of insurance.

Watch the Weather Reports

 An unexpected storm could lead you to press the pause button on your family getaway. These things are simply not in your control. The best thing you can do is look ahead a couple of days on the weather report to find out what you can expect and alter your plans if necessary.

Pack Emergency Roadside Necessities

An emergency pack takes up hardly any room in the trunk but it could be a real lifesaver if you get stuck on the side of the road.

Things to include in your emergency supplies:

  • Portable phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • A bottle of windshield washer fluid
  • Blankets
  • Roadside flares
  • Extra clothing
  • Food rations for everyone

Preparatory Sleep

One of the biggest dangers on the road is any tired driver. Get a good rest before you get behind the wheel to start your journey. A sleepy driver is not much different from a drunk driver.

Follow the Rules of the Road

This is a family vacation, so take it slow and enjoy the ride. There is no need for speed. After all, the journey is not just in the destination.

Remember, just because you are in your car, you will still need to follow COVID protocols during every stop. Drive safe and enjoy your trip!

Chris Marks

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