Road trips make for the best vacations and the ones that you get the most family memories from. They are also somewhat complicated to organize, especially if you’re traveling with kids and going on long stretches where you can’t get assistance on the road.
As is the case with most safety issues, the key is to predict what the problems might be and to prepare for them beforehand. This means that you may need to spend a bit more, but it will buy you peace of mind.
The first thing to do is to make sure your car can withstand a long trip. That’s best done by driving to a mechanic and going for a general checkup. It’s a more expensive way to take care of cars but once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to notice a problem before it can actually cause some damage and more importantly, it won’t happen on the road.
At the same time, you should do these checkups on a regular basis regardless of whether you’re going on a trip. When this is the case, it might not even be necessary to stop at the mechanic before you take the road trip.
A good night’s sleep
Regardless of how good of a driver you are, you’re not at your best when you’re driving tired. That’s why you should plan your trip so that it starts in the morning after you’ve had a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast.
It’s also recommended that you take breaks during the trip. It depends on where you’re going and how good of a driver you are but you should make a quick stop every four hours or so. This will keep you alert for the whole trip.
Losing your keys
One of the most annoying and easily solvable problems you could come up against is to lose your keys while you’re on the road. If you’re making a lot of stops, carrying a lot of stuff and spend some time in the local motels and gas stations, you get the idea of how it can happen.
It’s best to be prepared for this scenario and get some cheap car keys to keep on your person at all times. These keys don’t have to be able to unlock your doors remotely or do anything else but get you into the car and get it started when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere with no keys.
There are a few things you need to bring along just in case and it’s best to have them all in one place. This will also help you find the items faster when you need them. There’s a lot of debate on what you need to have with you, but these are the essentials:
-You’ll need some water even though you could buy some along the way
-Make sure you have warm blankets especially if you drive at nigh
-A flashlight should be a part of your standard car gear
-The same goes for jumper cables and road flares in case something happens
-You should have all the tools needed to change a tire
- Make sure your phone is charged and that you have an extra battery on you
-A car needs to have a first aid kit and you need to know how to use it.
If you want to make sure you have a fun and memorable road trip, you should prepare for it and keep your family safe on the road. It will save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run.