Road trips are exciting with your family and kids. Whether it is a weekend getaway or a week-long adventure trip to the nearby town or city, just the mere thought of it is stimulating. However, it doesn’t take long when this enthusiasm starts to wear off and agitation and tiredness sets in. As a few hours pass by, even drivers undergo highway hypnosis and feel drowsy. The percentage of individuals admitting to having slept behind the wheel is scary and so are the numbers of car crashes each year in the United States.
With that in mind, you must take steps to prepare for a comfortable long drive and stay alert and energized throughout your journey for your safety and of the rest. Here are some tips that can help you down the road –
It is always best to be prepared well before the time you are thinking of a long ride. Planning your route and the roads that you are going to take is what you need to do. Also, know where are the best resting spots and how smooth is the way towards your destination.
Inspect Your Vehicle
You must check your vehicle before you embark on your long journey. Make sure tires are in good condition and lights are working properly. Ask your mechanic to check the engine oil and other parts of the car.
Sleep Well the Night Before
Thinking about exhaustion is not something you should be thinking of during your journey. You should be taking enough sleep the night before. Due to under-sleeping, a driver can experience micro-sleeps that are dangerous.
Set Your Daily Driving Limit
Your body and mind have their limitations and it is advised to be realistic with your expectations. Don’t plan to reach your destination in record time; instead, set a reasonable number of hours to drive each day with ample breaks in between.
Decide Your Rest Stops
One must take a break from driving every two hours during a long-distance trip – stop to fuel your car, grab a snack, use the washroom or stretch out. This helps keep your energy up and stay alert while driving. So, if you are travelling miles away, look for the stops to have fun.
Use Your Defensive Driving Skills
When driving on expressways, you have to encounter bulky vehicles and probably some erratic drivers coming your way. Unfortunately, there is little you can do about them, and you only have your defensive driving skills to rescue. Do not counteract their moves. Just remember what you learnt from driving lessons and overtake wisely. Manoeuvre through lanes carefully.
Prepare for Emergencies
One can never foresee an unfortunate crash or car breakdown on the way. At that point, it is important to keep your calm and move straightaway to the highway side. Place a hazard triangle to warn other motorists and switch on car interior lights (at night) to be visible till help arise. Also, have a road map handy so that you know your location.