Are you planning to take a family road trip this summer?
Many of us do, not only because it’s cheaper than flying abroad somewhere, but also because it can sometimes provide more opportunities for family bonding. However, because road trips are popular with families up and down the US, there will be an abundance of traffic on the road. The upshot of this is a greater chance of an accident. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening to you.
#1: Get your vehicle serviced before departure
The safer your vehicle is, the safer you will be. Therefore, take your car to a trusted mechanic before your road trip, and ask them to give your car a thorough check to make sure everything is working as it should. Despite the expense incurred, this is still cheaper than dealing with the costs of a breakdown or an accident when you’re on the road.
#2: Go to bed early the night before the road trip
You are increasing the chances of an accident if you take the wheel while tired or sleepy, so make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before. If you’re sharing driving duties with somebody else, you might also want to get a little shut-eye when you’re given the opportunity for a break on your changeover.
#3: Take plenty of rest stops
You will need to pull over occasionally for toilet and snack breaks, so when you’re planning your journey, mark down the best places to stop. This will give you the opportunity to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, so if you had been feeling tired, you should then feel more refreshed when returning behind the wheel.
#4: Find ways to entertain the kids
There’s nothing worse than your children repeating those insufferable four words when you’re driving – are we there yet? – as not only will they drive you around the bend, but they might also distract you when you’re driving, and that could be the instigator of an accident. Therefore, look for ways to entertain your kids, perhaps with a few road trip games, or with a portable DVD player that you can hook up to your seats. You might also ask an adult passenger to sit in the back with them so you can better concentrate on the road.
#5: Be a safe driver
It’s a no-brainer, of course, as the safer you drive, the greater your chances of keeping your family safe on the road. Therefore, stick to the speed limit, follow all road signage, and don’t do anything silly, such as looking at your phone when you’re supposed to be keeping your eyes on the road. And because of the potentially hot temperatures, your stress levels could also rise if you have to deal with any dangerous or difficult drivers, so check out these road rage tips to minimize the risk of any road wars.
In the event you do get into an accident
We hope this doesn’t happen to you, but there are a few things you can do before your trip to prepare you for the worst. This includes reviewing your insurance policy to ensure you’re fully covered, and packing a roadside emergency kit with items to help you before the emergency services arrive. You should also sign up to a breakdown service, even if it’s only for the duration of your trip. And while we hope nobody is injured badly in the accident, you should still prepare for this. This includes researching personal injury law firms that only require payment should they win your case, as this will minimize the damage to your finances.
So, if you are planning on a road trip this summer, we hope you and your family have a wonderful time. Follow our suggestions to give you a greater chance of doing so, and if you have any tips of your own, please feel free to share them with us.