08/22/19   |   By

The Essential Safety Checklist For Long Road Trips

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The road trip is a classic American tradition that allows travelers to explore routes and attractions far away from home. But while road trips can bring an appealing sense of spontaneity to vacations, they also come with their fair share of hazards. Read on to learn how best to address these risks to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Invest in Proper Maintenance For Your Car

Nothing destroys an otherwise enjoyable road trip more quickly than a flat tire or bad brakes. These and other issues can be avoided with regular maintenance. Stop by your local service center for a quick check-up. You’ll feel far more secure knowing that your vehicle is in excellent shape.

Pack the Essentials

You’ve equipped your kids with iPads and yourself with all kinds of tasty snacks — but are you truly prepared to handle potential breakdowns or other unexpected issues? Don’t leave home without ensuring that the following essentials are safely stored in your vehicle:

  • Plenty of water
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Mobile charger for your cell phone
  • Mobility kit for flat tires
  • Fire extinguisher

Don’t Overdo It

In your eagerness to get to your destination as quickly as possible, you could easily compromise the safety of everyone in your vehicle. Be honest about your limitations. Many people fade fast after eight to ten hours of driving. Switch off with another adult if necessary. Better yet, divide your trip into multiple days so you can travel at a leisurely pace. Plan ahead to determine how you will keep yourself alert and your passengers safe throughout the duration of the trip.

The tips highlighted above should prevent a variety of road hazards, but things can always go wrong. In the worst-case scenario, you can rely on Regan Zambri Long PLLC for support. Reach out today to learn more about our personal injury services.

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