Avoid Traveling Dangers: Tips For A Safe Road Trip
By Space Coast Daily // September 15, 2021
If you are planning on traveling this summer, you need to be aware of the dangers of it. Traveling can be dangerous if precautions aren’t taken.
For example, driving while tired is a leading cause of accidents and fatalities. In the United States, there are over 4 million car accidents per year. This means that nearly 1 out of 10 people will be involved in a car accident every year in America.
That is an alarming statistic! The best way to avoid being part of those statistics is by taking some precautions before you hit the road. In this guide, we will help you stay safe and have a successful road trip this summer!
Let’s take a look at these tips.
- Wear Your Seatbelt
The most important tip for a safe road trip is to wear your seatbelt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a seat belt reduces serious injuries and fatalities by up to 50%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends always using your car’s safety features because they can help protect you in an accident.
- Slow Down
Many factors lead to accidents on the road. One of them is speeding. If you go too fast, your reaction time decreases, and there will be less space for maneuvering if something happens ahead. Also, It’s smarter to appear late than to be engaged in a car crash or get costly speeding tickets.
Give yourself an additional opportunity to arrive at your destination. Also, if you’re behind schedule, keep away from the desire to speed to make up time.
- Be Aware Of The Road Violations
It is essential to be aware of the road violations that are commonly made. This will help you avoid them and keep yourself safe on your journey. It’s illegal for drivers to use their phones while driving, so make sure you put them away before continuing with your holiday travel. There should never be any distractions when behind the wheel.
- Drive Sober And Watch Out For Drunk Drivers
One of the best ways to avoid getting into an accident is by not drinking and driving. If you plan to have a few drinks, designate who will take your car home before going out for the night. Keep in mind that some states where it’s legal to drink under age 21 (and even 18!) always check first. If you are not the designated driver, take a taxi or car service to get home.
- Review Your Auto Insurance Policy
Reviewing your auto insurance policy can be an essential step in preparation for a long road trip. An excellent place to start is by checking how much coverage you have and what types of theft or damage are not included and researching if anything might void the policy altogether.
Remember that driving outside of your home state often requires higher liability limits than those required within the state – it’s worth investigating whether this applies in advance, so you don’t get caught out!
- Minimize Road Chat
A distraction is the enemy of safety. Whether texting, looking at a map, or listening to music – stay focused on driving and minimize any conversation with passengers. It’s essential to keep your eyes on the road and not look away. It takes around two seconds for a driver’s attention to wander off of what they are doing, which may lead to an accident.
- Take Regular Breaks From Driving
If you’re traveling with kids, it’s a good idea to take regular breaks from the driver’s seat. These can be for five or ten minutes and allow everyone to stretch their legs and move around a little bit. It also helps keep tempers in check when your passengers are feeling restless during long trips.
- Keep An Emergency Kit In Your Car
Keep a flashlight in your car at all times. It’s essential to see what may happen if the lights go out and you’re left with no running headlights on the side of the road. If it is nighttime, this will help illuminate areas that might not otherwise be seen. It would be best if you also considered keeping reflective triangles or flares for emergencies such as flat tires or other cars pulling over close to your vehicle.
- Follow The Traffic Rules
It’s easy to get into the habit of following traffic laws when you are in your city, but it can be more demanding on long road trips. Make sure you are following the rules of the road at all times. If you see a sign with an instruction, follow it! It could save your life in emergencies.
Wrapping Up On Road Safety Tips
One of the most important things to do before embarking on a long-distance trip is to make sure that you are prepared for any eventuality.
This includes having emergency supplies in your vehicle, including plenty of water and snacks, flashlight with batteries, first aid kit (with personal medications), blankets or sleeping bags if it’s cold outside, jumper cables/battery charger cable, ice scraper/brush, and tire pressure gauge. We hope that this guide helps you in getting prepared for your road trip.