Everyone loves a good road trip. After all, they’re a part of American culture. What’s better than piling into a car full of family and friends for a little getaway?
While spending time with loved ones and traveling can be really fun, there are some safety tips you should keep in mind when you’re traveling long distances. With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, lots of people will be taking to the roads. Using these tips for driving long distances will make your drive much more safe and enjoyable:
8 Tips for Driving Long Distances
Get Plenty of Rest
It’s incredibly dangerous to drive when you’re exhausted. Some experts even claim that it’s equivalent to driving while drunk. That being said, make sure you get plenty of rest the night before you’re making a long drive. If your drive is going to take more than a day, make sure that you have time to sleep.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Nothing ruins a road trip more than car problems. Before taking a long drive, make sure your car is up-to-date on its inspection and registration. You also might want to put some air in your tires, clean your windows, and take it into the shop for that weird noise it’s been making.
If there is more than one person on the trip who feels comfortable driving, take turns sharing the drive. This allows time for other drivers to rest while the car keeps moving. This is an especially good tip for super long drives.
Taking breaks is essential to making long-distance road trips more comfortable. Aim to stop at least every 120 miles. This allows everyone time to use the bathroom, stretch out their legs, and get some much-needed fresh air.
Everyone loves using a road trip as an excuse for grabbing unhealthy fast food. Unfortunately, this is not ideal for safe driving. Your body needs to receive the proper nutrients to be able to provide you with maximum energy. Pack some healthy snacks and look out for healthier options on the road. You should also make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.
Plan It Out
Before taking a long road trip, you should take time to plan out certain things. For example, try taking a look at where you might want to take breaks. You should also know the general route you need to take in case you have a problem with your GPS.
Don’t Rush It
Some people hate driving long distances. For that reason, they tend to rush the process by not taking any breaks and driving too fast. We encourage you to try enjoying the ride. Build in plenty of time for your trip so that you can take breaks and relax without feeling rushed.
Listen to a Podcast or Audiobook
While music is the perfect road trip companion, it can get a bit annoying after a few hours. One easy solution is to listen to podcasts and/or audiobooks during your drive (like this one! Drive Friendly with Steve & Felecia). Before you get in the car, download a couple of episodes or an audio version of a book that you’ve been wanting to read onto your phone. It provides great entertainment while allowing you to keep your eyes on the road!
Sign the Pledge to Stay Safe Today
At Drive Friendly AZ, our goal is to help people in the Mesa/Gilbert area gain knowledge about safe driving behavior. If you’ve enjoyed reading our tips for long-distance drives and want to commit to safe driving practices, sign our pledge today. You’ll be joining other people who want to drive friendly and arrive safely.
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