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March 8, 2018

As the weather slowly warms up, you’re probably looking forward to a road trip sometime this spring or summer. Whether you’re driving across the country or just across the county, these helpful tips will make sure you get where you’re going safely and you’ll be prepared in case something does go wrong.

  • Get some rest. A lot of people like to get up as early as possible and start driving immediately. Though you’ll get where you’re going a lot earlier, always make sure the driver gets to bed early the day before if this is your plan.
  • Always have 2 people awake when driving long distances (and make sure one of them is the driver)! It’s a lot harder to fall asleep when you’re in a conversation. Likewise, it’s a lot easier to fall asleep when you’re in a car packed with your snoring friends.
  • Keep distractions at a minimum. It can be tempting to check your phone every few minutes when it feels like you’re driving in the same direction on an empty highway for hours on end. But it only takes a split second to miss something on the road that could turn into a major accident in a hurry.
  • Make a playlist. Whether it’s all your old favorites or you want to catch up on all the hot hits, if you’re engaged in what you’re listening to, you’ll be a lot more likely to stay alert and awake for a long drive. If talk is more your thing, there are literally thousands of podcasts available now- there’s sure to be one that will be far too enrapturing to let you nod off while listening.
  • Take breaks. Limit stretches of driving to around 2 hours between breaks. Whether it’s stopping for snacks and coffee or just to stretch your legs, it’s a lot easier to stay mentally alert when you give yourself some variance from time to time while driving long distances.
  • Charge your phone. It might be second nature to a lot of us in this day and age, but a long day of driving using your phone’s GPS for directions can drain the battery quickly. Though you shouldn’t be doing much else on it while driving, you don’t want to be in an emergency and suddenly find out your phone doesn’t have enough juice to sustain a call to emergency services.
  • Pack a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket, a first aid kit, umbrellas, and bottled water. You can probably think of a few more basics to have on a long trip- but don’t forget these essentials in case something should go wrong.

If you follow these tips, you’ll make it to your destination and be ready to enjoy vacation.


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