Planning on going on a long road trip with your family? Well, before you even load your bags into your car, make sure you check this safety tips a few days before you hit the road. Whether you own a brand new vehicle or a used Japanese car, you should take preventive measures that would help you avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere.
So, we’ve compiled a list of things you should do before you hurl your family into the gauntlet of the national highway system. Don’t worry because we’re not going to talk about going through the crankshaft mains and performing a line-bore. These are just simple safety tips that you can use to ensure a comfortable, smooth, and safe road trip.
Your Safety Checklist for your Long Road Trip
- Remember to have your insurance, driver’s license, and registration information ready and keep them in a place that is easy to access. You should always have proper identification whenever you drive, especially when you are planning to take a long trip.
- Have your vehicle checked by a professional. You should also ensure that every part of your car is in good condition before you head out on the road. If need be perform all maintenance procedures for your long trip, including tire rotations, oil change, and headlight replacement, among others.
- Inspect your car battery. It is important to ensure that your vehicle’s battery is fully functioning before you begin your long journey. Just to be safe, have jumper cables stowed away in your luggage compartment.
- Be alert and prepared. You might have followed all the necessary steps in ensuring a safe trip. However, accidents can still happen and when they do, you have to be ready. Make sure that you a first aid kit in your vehicle and any other emergency essentials. When something unexpected happens, it would help if you have blankets, basic survival tools, flashlights, spare tire, and water.
- Have a fully charged and functioning cell phone. This can be useful while you travel, helping you navigate the roads and locate pit stops. Aside from those, a smartphone can also be crucial when you face an emergency. For instance, if you get into an accident, you will be able to call your insurance company and the police.
- Make sure you have an actual map handy. If you run out of phone battery or if it dies altogether, you should have an alternative for navigation. You shouldn’t be too reliant on technology. It is not always that you’d have battery or service.
- Let your friends know that you’re going on a road trip. You should inform a couple of people close to you about the details of your plans—where you’re heading and when you will arrive to your destination. If your plans change, you should keep them posted. If they don’t hear from you, then this would be a signal for them that something happened to you. As such, if you got into an unfortunate incident, there will be people looking for you.
- Take stops whenever necessary. You shouldn’t let your gas tank drop too low. When you’re on a long road trip, you wouldn’t know exactly how far away the next gas station will be. So, make sure you make frequent stops to fill your tank, check your all, and inspect the pressure on your tires.
- When you need to pull over, make sure you move your car out of the road’s way. Avoid stopping in the breakdown lane unless you have an actual emergency.
- No matter how safely you drive, you cannot determine whether an accident will happen. This is why it is called an ‘accident’—the unfortunate incident is unprecedented regardless of whether you own a new vehicle or a used Japanese car. On the other hand, you can always do your part in avoiding such scenario. Make sure you carefully drive, prepare well, and stay alert.