The Dos and Don’ts for a Safe Road Trip
Road trips provide an adventurous way to get to a holiday destination. A road trip can be scheduled to suit your comfort in pacing long distances with rest stops along the way. A few practical trips to ensure the safety and comfort of travellers..
Road trips to holiday destinations are something
that everyone aspires to take up. You might often dream about driving long
distances along a scenic route accompanied by just your friends and family. The
following practical trips can help make every road trip of yours a memorable one.
Trip Tip #1 - Get your vehicle ready for the long haul
- Get your car serviced before you start out. The vehicle must be in good
shape with the battery, radiator, oil, brakes, tyres, safety belts, spare tyres,
exhaust system, lights and wipers checked and certified as road fit.
- It is advisable to stow an emergency repair tool kit in the vehicle
before you start out. Keep a flashlight, tyre jack and jumper cables handy.
- On the route, do not wait for the fuel gauge to read “empty”. Fill
the gas tank when its three quarters empty - you never know when the next fuel
station might turn up on the road!
Trip Tip #2 - Plan the route and rest stops well in advance
- Plan on the time when you will drive (whether during the day or at night)
based on your personal preferences and also the traffic conditions. Driving
during the night can be tiring but you can use the benefit of avoiding traffic.
Driving by day is a preferable option if you are travelling with kids.
- Rest stops should be planned in advance with sufficient comfort
breaks and stops for meals. Reserve rooms at rest stops well in advance and plan
out your rest stops at well-populated places as this will give you a wider
choice of eateries and more entertainment options.
- If you plan to share the responsibility of driving, plan on how
often you will change seats so as to avoid last minute decisions or arguments.
Trip Tip #3 - Provide enough music and distractions to keep everyone happy
- Ensure that the music player is working and have a stock of popular
- Keep a blanket and pillow handy for impromptu naps on the way.
- While travelling with children, ensure that there are enough snacks
and soft drinks stored in the car.
Trip Tip #4 - Do not compromise on safety (personal and otherwise)
- Ensure that you have your safety belts on at all times.
- If you feel that an area is unsafe, move out to the next stop which
gives you a feeling of comfort.
- Always check the back seat for stowaways after a stop.
- Keep a list of emergency contact numbers handy so that you’re not
caught off guard.
- If possible, have a GPS fitted into the vehicle. This is a must in
case you’re taking a drive through less frequented routes.
- Travel light with minimal baggage as this will make frequent packing
and repacking easier.
- Once you follow these tips, you’ll be able
to pull off a safe road trip, and a fun one.
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