With Spring supposedly just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the perfect time to start planning your summer road trip. Whether it’s a short road trip to the nearest mountain range or driving across the continent in search of waves, a road trip is the perfect summer adventure. Pack the car (or van) with all your camping gear, grab a group of mates and hit the open road.
As with any travel, there are some minor risks involved. No matter if you’re a seasoned veteran or a complete beginner, things can very easily go wrong. Here we’ve outlined a few tips to keep you safe on your next road trip.
Check your vehicle
Before you set off, be sure to give your vehicle a thorough check. Basic things like checking your tyre pressure and tread depth, oil and water levels, and of course, fuel levels, can help you avoid unwanted hassle when you’re on the road. You don’t want to run out of oil or water in the middle of nowhere now, do you?
Remember your spare
Blowing a tyre in the middle of your journey is a pain. But it’s not as much of a pain as blowing a tyre and not having a spare. Firstly, check you have one and that you know how to use it. Secondly, check that you’ve got a wrench and bottle jack. Being stranded on a remote coastal road with a blown tyre and no jack to fit the spare is no fun- we know first hand!
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Take a break
It’s an obvious one, but taking a break from driving could save your life. Try to stop every few hours to rest your eyes and stretch your legs. A fifteen-minute power nap can help revitalise and energise you if you need it. Even better, share the driving with your mates when possible. If you do pull over to take a break or swap drivers, make sure you’re clear of the road.
Stay fed and watered
It’s easy to drive for hours on end without thinking about eating or drinking, but keeping your energy levels up will help you concentrate. Take a flask of coffee and some snacks with you for the journey. But, remember to drink water too!
Don’t rely on tech
Technology is great; It makes most aspects of life easier and removes the hassle out of simple tasks, such as navigation. However, technology has a habit of failing when you need it the most. Don’t rely solely on electronic devices, such as phones or GPS. Always have a paper map with you and, most importantly, know how to read it.
If you’re unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, it can be a nightmare. At the time of the accident, remember to stay calm and call the relevant emergency services. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you could get some support to help deal with the aftermath.
If you keep the above tips in mind you should be set for a safe journey. Things that are outside your control can occasionally go wrong. If something goes awry, don’t panic and think logically about the next steps. Get the map out and start planning your next road trip now, you won’t regret it!