Summer is here and for many families that means the time honored tradition of the summer road trip. Maybe school is out and you want to take the kids to Disney World or on an educational trip to Washington, D.C. Maybe you want to visit your grandchildren in Georgia or North Carolina. Wherever you are planning to travel, if you will be driving there are some pointers you need to remember in order to make the trip both safe, and enjoyable for you and your family.
The Automobile Association of America (AAA) provides tips for taking long road trips on their website. Some of the suggestions include:
• Vehicle Maintenance. It is critical that you ensure that your vehicle is in good running order and can handle the trip. Have your car and tires inspected before any long drive. Keep a spare tire and jumper cables in the vehicle.
• Plan the Route. Be prepared and map your route in advance. Do not rely on your smart phone – you may lose cellular service along the way. In order to avoid rush hour traffic, plan to leave earlier or later in the day.
• Stay Awake & Alert. Drowsy drivers put themselves and others at risk of accidents. Make sure that you get enough sleep the night before a long trip. Schedule breaks along the way and stop driving when you are tired. If you are traveling with another driver, take turns at the wheel.
• Hide Valuables. Often tired and careless motorists fall victim to road stop thieves. Lock your doors when you stop for a break, and keep all bags and valuables in the trunk or hidden from view.
• Be Prepared. Keep roadside assistance contact information in the vehicle, along with a cell phone and charger. AAA (as well as other companies) offer smartphone applications for motorists to request help – without making a phone call.
For more information on safe driving on your summer road trip go to www.exchange.aaa.com