Top 5 Precautions You Should Take When Driving on Vacation

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The spring and summer months are the most popular times of year for families to drive to vacation destinations. However, spending so much time on the road, especially in unfamiliar territory, can come with a few inherent dangers.

The following are five precautions to take to help ensure your summer road trip goes smoothly for you and your loved ones:

  • Plan ahead. Know your route and the amount of time it will take you to travel, including where you plan on stopping for food or gas. Make sure you anticipate road closures, construction and other potential issues along the way. Eliminating any surprises and knowing exactly where you are going will reduce your stress and keep you safe along the way.
  • Make sure your vehicle is ready. Before any long road trip, you should check your tires for proper tread levels and inflation. Be sure to inspect your engine, belts, hoses, fluids, lights, wipers and get an oil change (if needed). Keep an emergency roadside kit on hand, as well.
  • Make sure everyone is wearing seat belts at all times. On really long road trips, it can be tempting for passengers to take off their seat belt for some additional comfort. However, you can never anticipate when a car accident might occur, so it’s important to stay buckled up whenever the vehicle is in motion.
  • Stay focused. This is important at all times, but especially when driving in unfamiliar places. Keep your eyes on the road, never talk or text on your phone and don’t program your GPS while you are moving.
  • Take breaks. It’s understandable to want to get to your destination as soon as possible, but be sure that you’re taking an appropriate amount of breaks. Even if you are not hungry, don’t need gas and don’t need to use the bathroom, you should give your eyes, your mind and your body a break just to make sure you can stay focused when you get back on the road.

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