Long-distance driving can be a blast, sometimes, and other times it’s a necessary chore. However, for whatever reason you’re on the road, you need to know that your chances of getting into some trouble are increased when you’re driving for longer periods of time. Here, we’re going to look at some of the ways you can protect yourself out there.
Check your car’s condition
If you know that you have a very long drive coming up, then you should by all rights make sure you take it to your local mechanic before you set off. They can take a closer look to make sure that the vehicle is in good condition and make any replacements of parts that might wear down to dangerous levels while you’re on the road.
Make sure you’re well-equipped
The longer you’re on the road, the greater your risk of some sort of accident or breakdown. For that reason, you need to make sure that you have an emergency kit that is able to fulfill all of your most likely needs if you get into a troublesome spot. Pack your car with basic repair tools, such as a spare and jump cables, not to mention a first aid kit, high visibility gear to keep you safe on the side of the road, and more.
Know your route
Take the time to use things like road-trip planning tools to look at the roads ahead. Make sure that you know what route you’re going to take, as well as necessary stops along the way, such as places for food, water, gas, and maybe even a place to sleep if you need it. Check weather and road conditions ahead as best as possible so that you don’t get caught off-guard by any adverse driving conditions, as well.
Know who to call
One of the big risks of long drives is that you’re more likely to get into an accident or breakdown. Even if no-one is hurt, being out there on the side of the road is dangerous enough, so you need to be able to call help to get off as soon as possible. The first service to get in touch with is a towing service. However, you might also want to make sure you keep the numbers of any car rentals you’re passing, too.
Even if you can’t stop overnight at someplace or another, you should at least make sure that you’re taking regular breaks to catch your breath and rest your eyes. The longer you drive in one long, continuous session, the more likely you are to experience the dangers of things like drowsy driving. If you are driving late at night, be sure to make sure you have some caffeine available to help you stay alert, too.
Where possible, it’s usually safer to break a big trip into several smaller drives. However, that isn’t always possible, so make sure that you’re at least following the tips above to keep you, your vehicle, and any passengers as safe as possible.