Planning on hitting the road this summer for a family road trip? You need to be more prepared then packing snacks and filling the car up with gas. Here are some of our favorite road trip safety tips that will keep you, your family and vehicle safe throughout the trip.
Road Trip Safety Tips
Get A Tune-Up: A week or so before heading out on your trip head to your local garage and get a tune-up. Make sure your car is running smoothly so you don’t run into problems along the way. Have your mechanic check the tires, battery, belts, fluids and air conditioner.
Emergency Kit: We are not talking chips and candy bars. Pack a emergency kit that will help you just in case your car breaks down or you get into a jam. Our suggestions would be a gallon of water, blankets, flashlight, jumper cables, flares, tools to change a tire, fully charged portable cell phone charger and a first aid kit.
Protect Backseat: The worst thing is starting the road trip and having to stop within 10 minutes because your little one is playing with the windows or getting into something they shouldn’t. Before heading out make sure all safety locks are activated on the windows and doors within reach of little hands. That emergency kit goes in the trunk and anything else that could be poisonous such as washer fluid should be removed. Then look for choking hazards such as knobs that can be easily popped off and remove potential projectiles such as hard books.
Drive Alert: The worse thing you could do is drive while tired. Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination. Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but don’t realize that drowsy driving can be just as fatal. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases your risk of crashing. If you are on the road and seem tired ask someone else to take the wheel or pull over at the nearest rest stop to stretch or take a 20 minute cat nap.
Have Back-Up: The last thing you need during your road trip is car trouble, but sometimes it doesn’t matter how well we take care of our vehicle we have unforeseen issues. Our 911Tracker T3 Device has helped many travelers while on road trips. Because of it’s GPS capabilities loved ones or police at your final destination can track your trip and get your exact location in case of a breakdown. You can also win your very own 911Tracker by entering HERE!
We hope these tips help make your road trips safer and less stressful. Looking to keep the kiddos busy while on the road trip? Check out these suggestions that will keep your kids happy and entertained throughout the duration of the trip. Got any road trip safety tips? We would love to hear your suggestions.