Tips To Avoid A Car Accident On Your Road Trip

Traveling the roads is an old pastime, and one of the more enjoyable ways to travel for some.  The comfort of your own vehicle coasting across highways and byways actually becomes part of the vacationing experience.  

Don’t harsh your mellow on the next road trip, and make sure you take plenty of active steps to protect yourself as you drive/ride.  Here are a few tips that will help lessen your chance of an auto accident next time you head out on an exciting road trip.

Make sure your vehicle is well maintained

Before heading out on your next road trip, there are a few things you should check on your vehicle.  Getting into a car accident while you’re traveling can be a special kind of mess.  If your vehicle is poorly maintained, you could risk an accident due to mechanical issues.  

Check the tread and pressure of each of your tires to make sure you’re riding on safe rubber.  Check and fill all of the vehicle’s fluids, and don’t forget the brake fluid. Make sure your windshield wipers are in working order and wipe down all the windows before your departure.

Make sure your mind is well rested

Falling asleep at the wheel is a serious threat when you’re driving long distances.  Take steps to avoid drowsy driving. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before you leave, and don’t be too proud to hand over the wheel (if that is an option).  

If you’re driving an extra long way without a backup driver, stopping to sleep is a good idea.  Driving drowsy is just as dangerous as driving drunk, and you can also get pulled over for lousy sleep driving.  

Make sure your exterior cargo is properly restrained

If you are planning to travel with luggage attached to an exterior rack on your vehicle, it makes sense to check (and double check) the quality of their tie down.  Make sure your cargo is properly secured, as loose luggage can cause others on the roads to wreck.

Preplan your route for familiarity

Though your smartphone will most likely lead the way on your journey, it helps to have a hard copy of your travel route as well.  Cell phones are not always the most dependable, and there is a chance that you will be left with no directions.  

Follow the basic rules of the road

Common sense goes a long way in road safety.  Pay attention to the speed limit, and follow the rules of the road.  Laws are in place to keep you safe, so drive safely by following the rules of the road at all times.