When it comes to living your best life, sometimes taking a road trip is involved. And if you’re planning on taking a road trip this autumn, you must prepare accordingly to ensure you are safe and make the best of your lifestyle. The following are some tips to do this and to stay safe:
An Escape/Detour Plan
Sometimes, it is vital to take a detour. For one, there seems to be unexpected construction somewhere. Also, accidents may have occurred somewhere where you are traveling. So, instead of waiting in a traffic jam, going on alternative routes is usually key.
Another thing, it is good to travel alongside roads and streets with great views. This is especially true if you are going to have a long trip. It’s nothing more boring and draining than to drive on a long stretch of the highway where there are hardly any buildings, sites, etc. At least, if you drive on some backroads or other alternative routes, you won’t get easily bored, which may lead to drowsiness.
So, you can find out various routes by looking at US road maps and online on your mobile device or printed from your computer. You also can find out which backroads have interesting scenic routes.
In 2012, there were over 76,000 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents, and over 4,700 of them were killed on US roads and highways. Knowing this information alone will influence drivers to stay watchful of other drivers and pedestrians as they travel.
Checking out Your Vehicle
Getting a mechanic to check your vehicle is very crucial, and it should be done around a week before you leave for the road trip. He/she should check your tires, brakes, fluid levels, and anything else that may cause issues. You should also make sure to have extra wiper fluid and jumper cables on hand, and your spare tire should be fully inflated.
Use Truck Stops Rather Than Rest Areas
Getting an RV is the way to go if you can afford it. You can use RVs to freely roam for a weekend or even months through more than 16,000 privately and publicly owned campgrounds that are in the US.
Other than that, you can and should rest there because there are facilities, foot traffic, and plenty of lighting. Also, these truck stops are more accommodating than remote rest stops. With all of these things, you may feel safer at truck stops than in rest areas. You don’t have to be a trucker to rest at a truck stop anymore.
Joining a Roadside Service
You may eventually get stranded if you take enough road trips, get a flat, accidentally lock your keys, or for some other reason. So, it will behoove you to join a reputable roadside service. With that, you can have that toll-free number on hand, just in case this occurs. And with the statistics stating that more than 16,000 vehicles and home lockouts occur daily in the US, that should influence you to obtain great roadside service even if you are very responsible for your keys.
Having a Clean Record and Documents
Always make sure a week or so before your road trip that you have a clean record and documents in your possession. So, make sure you have current documentation of the registration, license, and insurance in your glove compartment. And if you have any parking or traffic tickets, make sure to clear them up by paying them off or at least making an agreement with the court to make payments.
Bringing Healthy Snacks and Drinks
Instead of indulging in tons of fast food and junk food from convenience stores, pack a variety of foods and drinks that are packed with vitamins. Also, water is the number one drink you have to stay hydrated. Additionally, snacks, like almonds, carrots, and raisins, are amazing choices.
When you go on your trip this fall, make the best of it. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises without solutions, and the above tips will ensure that won’t happen.