It’s time for spring break all around the United States, and there are thousands of young people looking to make some unforgettable memories in 2019. Planning a road trip is one of the most common ways spring breakers travel to their various party destinations, and the road isn’t always the safest place.
Before heading out on your next big road trip, brush up on some safety information. Keep yourself and your friends/family smiling and enjoying their time with a safe journey to kickstart a lasting experience.
Know your route before leaving
It’s always safer to know where you’re going before you head to the spot. Of course, you know the destination, but you need to know the route. Plan out your route before leaving, and don’t leave it up to your phone to tell you where to go.
Your phone’s GPS system is probably more than sufficient for directions, but a review of what’s ahead could give you an edge on safety. Confused drivers are a huge contributor to accidents throughout the year.
Check regular maintenance points on your vehicle
The vehicle you are using to travel is just as crucial to your safety on the road as the chosen driver. Check all of the regular maintenance points on your vehicle before ever leaving the driveway.
Your tire tread should be sufficient for traction. Check your oil, water, transmission, and brake fluid to make sure they’re all clean and full. Also, make sure that you have a spare tire and all the tools needed to change your tire should you get a flat along the way.
Get plenty of sleep before you go
Make sure you get a full night’s sleep before hitting the road. Tired driving can be dangerous, and the people in your vehicle deserve to be able to trust their driver. Go to bed, and don’t be afraid to pass on the driver’s seat to the next person in line.
Know who to call in an emergency
Have a plan for an unplanned emergency along the way. Know who to call if your car breaks down while you’re away from familiar areas. If you don’t have AAA, make sure you have access to maps and proper phone service.
Follow basic road safety rules
Basic road safety knowledge will help any driver along their way. Make sure you know how to properly drive alongside large 18-wheelers. Learn what it means to drive defensively, and build on your driving skills any other time you get the chance.
A skilled driver doesn’t always have to be an older driver. Being young doesn’t mean you can’t have a safe driving trip with friends. Buckle up, and obey the speed limits.