There is no question in compromising one’s safety whether you are driving alone or have company. Make sure to have no distractions whatsoever when you are on the road. So when you’re ready to hit road for a longer trip, alone or with your family. There are certain key pointers to consider in order to ensure maximum safety.
- Make sure to have a proper meal and sleep before the big ride.
- Pack the essentials for the trip including your ID, license, insurance and other car documents that might be needed.
- Pack some snacks for the ride and pull over to take breaks when necessary.
- Always have an emergency kit at the ready. Depending on the climate, pack battery operated fans, or ice scrapers, flashlights, tool kit etc.
- Be especially alert if you have children on board. Make sure to have the booster seats at the appropriate height. And fasten the seat belts as recommended.
- If you are accompanied by a group of people, try switching places. Share the driving responsibilities so you don’t get exhausted.
- Be confident about the vehicle you’re on. Make sure before starting that you know all the basics (GPS, brakes, hazard lights etc.) especially if it is a rental.
- Bear in mind that you do not own the road and there are other drivers. It particularly upsets the drivers if change the lanes without signaling. Be very cautious, your safety is just as important as anyone else’s.
- Make it a practice to use navigation apps while on your way to an unfamiliar destination.
- Make sure you are well-aware of the local traffic laws.
- Do not take road signs for granted. Always pay attention to signs. They’re there for your safety after all.
- This one should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway. DO NOT HAVE ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES before or during the ride. There may be serious consequences. You will have your driver’s license suspended, face several charges or even worse there could be a fatality.
Every life is precious, whether it is yours or someone else’s. Make sure to go by the rules especially when you have the responsibility for handling an automobile.