5 Tips for Safe Travel

Traveling with confidence is mostly a matter of preparation.

 

1. Know where you’re going, and how you’re going to get there.

Plan your trip out before you head out of the driveway. You can take your time, make all the stops you want, and see the sights along the way; but you don’t have to get lost to do that. Take the stress out of navigation by looking over the route before you go.

 

2. Take care of basic car maintenance items before you do anything else.

These include tires, battery, oil, lights, brakes, and car fluids.

If you’re confident that your car has been taken care of and tuned up, you don’t have to worry about car disasters along the road. Peace of mind is priceless when you’re traveling, so invest a little time and money into those common maintenance items and a thorough inspection before you travel. You know that whole “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It was probably a mechanic who first said that…

 

3. Avoid big cities during peak traffic times.

If you’re traveling during the work week and going through any large towns or cities, try to avoid the peak traffic times: morning rush hour, lunch hour, school pick-up time, and evening rush hour.

Be aware, too, of major holidays that see an increase in drunk driving, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve. If possible, plan your trip so you’re traveling the day before or after.

 

4. Plan strategic stops to refresh yourself and all your passengers.

Kids aren’t the only ones who need breaks on long trips. You need to refuel your car, but you also need to refuel your body with a little fresh air and movement. Try to plan a few stops along the way where you can take a half hour or so to get out, walk around, and be refreshed.

 

5. Don’t push yourself past what is safe.

Whether you’re traveling late at night or in the middle of the day, pushing yourself to keep driving when you’re sick or just weary is a bad idea. Don’t risk your life to make better time; when you’re sleepy, pull over at the nearest rest stop and take a nap, or switch off with someone else who can drive for a while.

 

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