If you are planning a long-distance road trip, then there is more than the just the right collection of music, snacks, and drinks that you should have on your to-do list. There are some essential road safety tips that aren’t hard to go with and can save you some great trouble in case your car breaks down or you are lost in the middle of nowhere.
Well, intuitively, you can just take any contingent measure that, you believe, could help you during an anomaly. However, if you are out of ideas as to what precautionary measures you should take, Master Drive has prepared these top 5 road safety trips for most of your long-distance travels.
- Don’t forget the diagnostic check
You may have had an oil change lately, but make sure to get the scheduled maintenance too. Your best bet is to get a professional inspection of your car, but if you just recently had a car maintenance, then you can check if the lights are working properly and the wiper blades need a replacement. Additionally, check all the belts and hoses and also the fluid levels.
- Take along emergency kit and supplies
Verify that your emergency kit has all the supplies, including a new water bottle, flashlight, batteries, first-aid supplies, blankets, etc. Moreover, check that the spare tire is fully inflated and not punctured. You will also need a car jack in case you need a tire replacement.
- Pack a map
Even if you are going to use your GPS device or cell phone, make sure that you are still carrying a map. Not every place you will travel by will have a network coverage. So it’s always a safe measure to have a map with you.
- Charge your phone and carry a power bank
Carry charging accessories like power banks and car chargers. Your cell phone is your most important asset while traveling. You will need your cell phone to use the maps, to make calls or to even ask for help during an emergency. If your car breaks down, you won’t be able to charge your phone with the car charger, so a fully-charged power bank is also a must-have.
- Don’t miss a good night’s sleep
If you want to enjoy the road trip and if you want to drive safe, make sure that you get a good sleep. It’s hard to go to bed early the night before a road trip because of all the preparations, but you can get all your packing done beforehand to avoid staying up all night.
Remember to leave a detailed note with a trusted family member or friend. Also, brainstorm a little and check if there is something else that you may need for the road trip. Just do the aforementioned and you will be good to go!