Taking a break from your routine can help you in so many ways - and going out on a road trip is the right way to do it.
Before you get out the door and drive far away, there are a couple of things you should consider. That way, you can avoid cutting your road trip short. And you won't lose time on your planned out escape from your normal routine.
Make sure you enjoy every minute of your break with these 5 ways to stay safe on a road trip.
1. Get yourself and your car ready to go
Before you leave, you should do a little checkup. Wallet, keys, and hotel reservations? Check, check, and check. Alright, good to go!
What about your car, though? Have you checked the tire pressure, oil, and brakes? And the rest of the car as well! If your car isn't in an all-clear scenario, you're not good to go, no matter if you do have your wallet ready.
And this isn't something you can do on short notice! Try to do it a week or two in advance. That way, you can fix anything that's in bad shape.
2. Do one thing at a time
The whole point behind a road trip is getting to your destination. More importantly, you need to get to the place you want without any damage.
The key to preventing any mishaps or accidents is focusing on driving when you're driving. It might sound dumb - but not too many people do it right.
Doing so means not eating, little to no talking, and paying attention to the road when you're behind the wheel.
3. If you're not lucid, you're not driving
You probably know about not drinking and driving, and following that advice is the smart thing to do.
Unfortunately, not too many people understand how important is to drive fully rested. If you didn't get enough sleep, you shouldn't be behind the wheel.
Most people like to wake up earlier than usual before a road trip. Whether that's to get earlier to their destination, beat the traffic, or anything else, it doesn't matter. Here's the thing: when you don't get enough sleep, you're one long blink from falling asleep behind the wheel.
4. Don't keep others in the dark about the trip
While we should all enjoy a little privacy in our lives, you should tell a few people about your road trip. That way, if you're stuck somewhere with no phone signal, someone else can try to help you from afar.
There's no need to shout it out on a rooftop or post your location on social media. But keeping your best friend or a parent in the loop might save your life.
5. Leave home with a plan B in your back pocket
If you want to stay safe on a road trip, there is no way to 100% ensure it. Even if you do everything right before and during the drive, you're one pothole away from wondering why you didn't stay home. However, there are ways to improve your chances of encountering zero bumps in the road, so to speak.
For that reason, you should always have a Plan B ready to go. Have an alternate route. Have an emergency contact picked out in case you need them. Make sure you have roadside assistance ready to go.
And that's us! If you're stuck on a road somewhere, you can count on us to help you get anywhere you want, whether your car wants it or not.
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