Who wouldn’t dream of a grand vacation driving across the country? If you want to go on a trip by yourself, or with a friend or with your family, a long-distance road trip, could be in your future. Many people simply jump in their cars and go, with very little or no planning. But making plans before you set forward can definitely lead to a more enjoyable trip. The following are several ideas to help get you ready for all the things that could happen on the road.
Don’t let anything go wrong with your car in route, by having all of the maintenance up to date. Look at the battery and tires, and make sure the oil has been changed recently. Chart your trip out so you don’t have to worry about being lost or winding up somewhere you had no intention of visiting. Always check ahead to ascertain if there’s any road construction that may be a problem, and to see where you want to stop overnight. Don’t forget to have road directions of any places that you plan to go off road and explore. You are going to have a better prospect of making good choices, when you know where you are going. It seems pretty obvious to be aware, but most accidents are caused by the inattention of drivers. You’ll have a great time and a wonderful trip if you’ve planned adequately and stay focused when driving.
Always take a cell phone with you, but save it for emergencies or when you’re not behind the wheel. Check to make sure it will be charged up and accessible, but no chatting while driving. You need a mobile phone in case there is trouble, but they’re also a major cause of accidents. Nearly all states require the use of seatbelts, and they are a good protective precaution, so make sure you are buckled up. You’ll also want to guard against theft. Make use of steering wheel locking devices, switches that disable the fuel system or ignition systems and have electronic tracking devices, and criminals will be deterred.
In the event you get involved in a crash, undertake whatever steps are necessary to protect yourself and your passengers. Make sure your vehicle is not hindering traffic, and turn it off, keeping it from overheating or catching on fire. Do what you might to warn approaching traffic and then, and only then, contact your insurance company. In case your insurance coverage is not paid up and current, do not even leave home. Check out Super-chip.com for more tips on car travels and maintenance.
Additionally, it is extremely important that all your insurance papers actually be with you in your car. You need to be prepared. None of us expects an accident, but should one take place it’s way better to be prepared.