If you love a long cross-country trip, you understand the classic words of Willie Nelson: “I just can’t wait to get on the road again.”
The allure of the open road is powerful. Part of the adventure is simply the journey itself. New places, new people, new sights to see along the way.
Being alone out on a highway can be exciting, but it can also be dangerous. In order to be safe and enjoy your road trip—no matter how short or long—you should be prepared.
Road warrior and blogger Ana Goes Fit shares how she stays safe on the road with fiancé Matt.
Here are a few more ways you can protect yourself while enjoying that dream road trip:
1) Give your car a quick check-up
Nothing can ruin a road trip faster than a broken-down car. Make sure you’ve had a recent oil change and all tires are in excellent condition. (And pack that full-size spare in case of a flat.) Have your mechanic check over belts, filters, brakes, and hoses to ensure that there are no ticking time bombs under the hood. Double-check that your insurance company offers roadside assistance and keep that number handy.
2) Catch some z’s before you leave
Falling asleep behind the wheel is a major cause of accidents on the road. Get enough sleep before you venture off and stop frequently for breaks. Don’t try to cover too many miles in a day as this leads to fatigue. Break your trip into manageable chunks and stop as early as possible to rest.
3) Fill ’er up
When traveling on long, open roads, you may not see a gas station for a while. Don’t wait until the gauge is touching empty before you think about refueling. As soon as you hit a quarter of a tank left, start looking for a place to fill up. No one wants to sit on the side of the road for something as silly as running out of gas.
4) Plan your day ahead of time
Most people want to be spontaneous on road trips, but it’s best to have an established route at the start of each day to avoid issues. If you have a general path outlined, you can take small side trips. The most important thing is to know approximately where you want to end up at the end of each day.
5) Stock up on supplies
Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit handy, as well as snacks and plenty of water. Not only does this help you stay alert and prepared, it limits the need to stop frequently.
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Until next time, be safe...