It’s definitively “windows-down” driving season. That means more people enjoying everything that the road has to offer. Nothing really defines the carefree summer drive as much a road trip. Hitting the highway, solo or with a group of friends, can lead you to adventure, relaxation, and brand-new experiences. But it’s important to not let the fun and excitement make you forget that the road can be a dangerous place and that proper caution needs to be observed. Here are a few tips to make sure your road trip is safe.
There’s a lot you’ll want to bring with you on a road trip. But one of the major things that Americans forget when preparing to hit the road is to pack emergency supplies. This doesn’t necessarily have to be an extensive bug-out kit of survival gear, but you should plan accordingly and pack a first aid kit, some tools like a utility knife, plyers, and a lighter, some water, some food, and anything else that you may need in a pinch. Especially if you’re traveling far, it’s a good idea to make sure you have emergency items to get you out of a sticky situation and keep you alive and comfortable if you become stranded.
Have a Plan … But Be Prepared to Divert from It
Before heading out on any adventure, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a plan. Flying by the seat of your pants is all good for the minor details of the trip, but your general route and itinerary should be planned in advance. Of course, you should allow for the possibility that this may change. But by knowing this ahead of time, you’ll be able to have a clear picture of where you’re headed and how you’re getting there. This makes it easier for you to adapt quickly if a road is out, you get lost, or something else unexpected happens to divert you from your route. It’s also a good idea to have a physical map with you for areas where there may be no service.
Focus on the Road
Most importantly, you need to make sure that you’re not adding danger to the road by driving while distracted. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous things we do while on the road. Make sure you’re not looking at your phone or doing other things that can limit your ability to react to hazards on the road. It’ll be easy enough after spending so much time in the car to start doing these things, so be mindful and make sure you pull over in a safe place before answering your phone.
It’s important to help limit risks by having the appropriate insurance plan too. Of course, vehicle insurance is a necessity if you’re on the road, but you’ll also want peace of mind, knowing your home and possessions are safe while you’re on your trip. ABCO Insurance Agency Inc. can help you find the perfect insurance plan, so contact us today!