Who doesn’t love hitting the open road and exploring what the country has to offer? Maybe there’s a restaurant you want to try in the next state, you’re planning on visiting friends or you and your partner need some time together, it’s safe to say that a road trip ticks all the boxes.
However, while it’s tempting to throw your bag on the backseat and drive off into the sunset if you’re wanting to have a road trip or a long journey, you should plan ahead. Planning a successful drive is essential, especially if you want to get there in one piece and avoid a car accident. Speak with the team at anidjarlevine.com if you’ve been in a crash and you weren’t at fault.
The better prepared you are, the better you’ll be able to handle whatever the open road throws at you. Let’s explore the driving tips you shouldn’t leave behind when you hit the road this weekend.
Bring along all the essentials
These road trip basics should have a firm spot in your road trip essentials list. Consider bringing along the following:
- All your important documents, including insurance details, driving license and papers, and recovery truck details you can use if you break down or have a car accident and need towing.
- Your GPS/sat-nav system. Make sure it’s fully charged and in good working order. If you’re using your smartphone for navigation, then make sure you have a good phone holder.
- A first aid kit. If you’re in an accident, or your new sandals give you blisters, you’ll be so glad you brought along a travel first aid kit.
Remember that comfort is important too!
You won’t get far if you’re uncomfortable and you need to stop every few miles to stretch your legs and your back. When you’re comfortable in your car, you and your passengers will enjoy yourselves more!
- Sunglasses to help with glare and eyestrain
- Plenty of toiletries, including hand sanitizers, tissues, wipes and toilet roll! No one wants to get caught short at a service station bathroom.
- Clothes for various temperatures. Nighttime driving can mean cooler temperatures, so bring an extra sweater or jacket to keep yourself comfortable. Blankets for your passengers will also bring in the comfort factor. And don’t forget items for warmer weather so you don’t struggle in the heat.
- Snacks and water. Non-perishable snacks are essential. As is bottled water. You should consider carrying extra portions in case you find yourself stranded or unable to find somewhere to eat.
- A great playlist. Music is an important factor for any road trip! Just remember not to become too distracted with the music or the playlist, otherwise, you could be at risk of a car accident.
Carry out car-maintenance and checks
Remember to check tire pressure levels and the condition of your tires, oil, coolant, your lights and washer fluids before you set off. If your car isn’t in good working condition, then you won’t get very far. Also, keeping your car well maintained can help reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident.
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