Everyone has been in a situation where road safety was not exactly strictly adhered to. The open road and lack of cars can lull you into a false sense of security and you may drop your guard when it comes to the speed limit or remaining vigilant when a plain of nothingness extends before you. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, even in the middle of nowhere. Here are some tips on staying safe throughout your roadtrip.
Have a full car check
One of the best ways to stay safe is to get your car checked before you leave. Pulling up to a petrol station to have your fluids and tyres checked only takes a few minutes and could rule out any problems that may otherwise occur on the road, in the middle of nowhere, where it won’t be so easy to resolve.
Ensure you have the necessary safety equipment
Having emergency equipment is very important, it’s always better to be prepared for anything. In the event that something does go wrong, you’ll be equipped to deal with it. Things like jumper cables, reflective triangles, a torch, and a first aid kit should be easily accessible, especially on long road trips where there are long distances between towns.
Pack in a way that avoids any obstructions
Long family trips usually mean a hefty amount of baggage stacked on top of each other. If bags are squeezed inside the car, try to pack in a way that doesn’t hinder the driver of obstruct any mirrors. If the driver’s vision or movements are obstructed, it could slow down reaction time.
Always wear your seatbelt
In the middle of a city, people tend to have a relaxed attitude about wearing seatbelts in the backseat, despite all the horror stories about being flung through the windshield. Because of the increased speed of travel on roads outside of town, seatbelts should be worn by all passengers at all times. There many different factors on the road that can cause the car to crash or go off road, and harm can be minimised by wearing a seatbelt.
Drive in shifts
Try splitting the driving in 2-3 hour shifts. Driving can get tiring and taking shifts means each driver will be more alert and energetic. Playing games or listening to music that isn’t too distracting also helps to stay alert on long, boring stretches of road.
Charge your cellphone
Remember to fully charge your cellphone before you leave. If you get stuck far from any towns, you may still have cell reception and can call for help. It’s a simple precaution, but it can be very inconvenient if the situation arises and your phone is dead.