The holiday season is upon us, and chances are there is a road trip in the near future. We want your trips to be fun and festive but most of all, we want you to stay safe while on the road. Follow these simple tips for a stress-free and safe road trip.
Car is road trip ready
Make sure your vehicle is ready for a road trip. Have any regularly scheduled maintenance done, check that your tires are inflated properly, and top off any fluids. This is also a good time to examine and replace if needed, your wiper blades, battery, and lights. Have any needed repairs or check engine lights tended to before taking to the road.
You should have a stocked emergency kit in your car at all times, not just for a road trip. If you end up on the side of the road, you will be glad you had it. A well-stocked emergency kit would include items such as jumper cables, flares, first aid kit, water, flashlight, and batteries. In the colder months, you should add extra blankets and warm clothes, and items to get through snow like snow chains, sand or traction mats.
Plan your route
Map out your route before you leave. Consider alternate routes in the event of road closures, accidents or other delays. Have a GPS or GPS mobile app on hand that provides real-time information and can recalculate your route as needed. Always have a map or atlas in the car. It may seem old school, but you never know when you may not have service for your GPS to work properly.Safety first
Practice safe driving habits at all times. Make sure all passengers wear their seat belts and that children that require a car seat or booster seat are secured appropriately. Pack your car so that your luggage does not create a hazard. Store all items securely to prevent items from shifting in the event of a sudden stop and don’t pile your luggage up which can create blind spots.
Get a good night’s sleep before you leave for your trip. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. If you find yourself getting tired behind the wheel, take frequent breaks. Getting some fresh air and stretching your legs can go a long way. Drive defensively by leaving plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you and driving the appropriate speed limit. Don’t drive distracted, keep electronic devices out of sight, out of mind. Keep your distance from aggressive drivers; you are better off letting them pass than ending up one of their victims.
Book your stops
If you can plan your stops ahead of time, you can avoid an issue trying to find accommodations, especially during peak travel weekends. Many hotels offer no-penalty cancellations up to a certain time on the scheduled day, take advantage of this, so you have a secure place to stop. Consider using a mobile app such as hotels.com, booking.com or expedia.com to book a last minute hotel room and get real time availability.Enjoy the ride
Take advantage of the quality time together as a family. Remember to bring drinks and snacks, games to play, and electronic devices and entertainment such as DVDs, music, and books. Don’t forget to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Follow these simple safety tips for a safe and enjoyable road trip. To make sure your car is road trip ready, stop by our Tischer service center today or schedule your appointment online at Service Center Schedule.