5 Tips for a Safe Road Trip

A road trip is one of the hallmarks of the summer season. You pack up the kids, the dog, and the mountain of stuff you’ll need and head out on the open road for a week or two of family fun. And, with summer vacation coming to a swift close, you’ve got just enough time to squeeze in one last trip before the family settles back into the school routine. So, while you’re filling suitcases with pool toys and pajamas, we want to remind you of a few tips to ensure you have a safe road trip. 

 

Get the car ready.

Remember to get your oil changed and your car tuned up before hitting the interstate highway. Have a professional check your battery, tires, belts, fluids, and air conditioner so you don’t spend a good portion of your vacation stuck on the side of the road. And, always remember to carry a spare tire.

 

Re-stock your emergency kit.

It’s always a good idea to carry a first-aid kit in your car, so before you leave, make sure it’s completely stocked with the bandages and alcohol swabs you might need to patch up any boo-boos your boys and girls might suffer on the road. Also, throw in bottled water, flashlights, cell phone chargers, and warm blankets for any other emergencies you may face.

 

Rest up.

Never drive drowsy. Get a full night’s sleep before you leave and switch up drivers every few hours. Also, keep some drinking water by the driver’s seat to help keep the driver alert and to ensure regular bathroom breaks.

 

Secure your stuff.

Make sure toys, bags, and suitcases won’t fly around the vehicle if you experience a crash or sudden stop.  

 

Buckle up.

It may seem obvious, but make sure everyone in the car is properly buckled. Also, remember to double check that your car seats are properly installed.