As parents, we want what’s best for our kids and our family. Always on top of our list is the safety of our loved ones. For instance, keeping a safe home for our kids is a must that we constantly adjust our home so that it is safe for the little ones. The same thing is true when we travel. While on the road, it is our duty to make the travel time safe and enjoyable for our kids. With this in mind, here are some of the tips for worry-free travel time with kids.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Before heading out, make sure that your vehicle is ready for a long drive. Take the time to check that all the safety features such as airbags, seatbelts, headlights, and brakes are working. Often, these safety checks are overlooked when driving your own vehicle.
If you are driving a rental car, you have to familiarize yourself with the vehicle first. You might need to adjust side mirrors, rearview mirrors, and headlights. Ensure that you are familiar with the controls, since it is a different vehicle from the one you are familiar with. Consider driving it around your area before taking it out on the highway. Part of my bucket list is taking an RV and going to visit all 50 states, and if you’re like me, you may want to rent an RV and just go for it.
Note Important Details About the Main Roads
If you are going on a long drive with your kids, it is best that you know about the main roads that you are going to be driving on. Figure out where you can make stops for bathroom breaks or snacks ahead of time. Additionally, you should also note the driving conditions such as:
- Speed limit
- Construction/Road repairs
- Driving conditions
It is important to note these details so you can decide if you would be comfortable driving on these roads.
Focus on Driving
If you feel confident driving on major highways, then you may give it a go. However, if you are travelling with kids and you know they would get bored, prepare for it by thinking of awesome games that they can play while on the road. This way, they won’t continually whine, and you can focus on your driving.
Never use your mobile phone while on the road. If you must take an emergency phone call, only do so when you have stopped on a shoulder. Always think of your and your passengers’ safety. Every year, close to 37,000 people die in road accidents, and an additional 2.3 million are injured — most of these happened because somebody else wasn’t paying attention to the road.
Make Your Rest Stops Count
If you are going on a long drive, make sure that you make much-needed stops and maximize them. If you are tired, go and rest. Take a nap. Forget about the schedules you are trying to squeeze in. Getting you ready for the next few hours of the drive is far more important than anything else. If you are still sleepy, don’t force it. If there’s a need to check in at a hotel, do so.
When on the road, you have to stay vigilant. No one can really know when an accident can happen, but you can lessen its probability by preparing for every possibility. Good drivers know the importance of defensive driving.