School is almost out, graduations will be over, and thoughts of sandy white beaches are rolling through your mind! (Or is that just us?)
Whether you’re driving to a far-off destination or taking a short road trip, it’s important to make sure everyone arrives safe and sound.
Below are some common sense, but important road travel trips to start your summer off safely:
Before setting off for your destination, get your car in the best shape possible. Are your tires in decent condition to make the trip? What about your brake pads? Do you have a full tank of gas and an emergency kit if you were to get stranded?
Are you and the kids buckled up as you should be? Are all seat belts working properly?
Emergency Contact & Itinerary
The point of vacation for many people is to get away from it all. That’s a great motivation and all, but make sure at least one person at home knows your itinerary in case of an emergency. Also, keep an emergency contact number on you in case something were to happen, especially when traveling alone.
When you have young ones, pack enough snacks, drinks and toys to keep the kids hydrated and occupied on the road. That’ll ensure a peaceful trip for everyone. Also, don’t overload your luggage carrier to where you could lose luggage or weigh down your vehicle too much.
Never Leave Children or Pets Alone
Under no circumstance should you leave your kids or pets alone in a hot car for any length of time. An outside temperature of 101 degrees can easily result in a suffocating interior temperature of 140 degrees.
Focus on the Road
Don’t text or talk on your phone while driving. Keep your mind focused on the road at all times. It only takes one small distraction to cause a major accident that you will regret. If you’re starting to get sleepy, switch drivers or pull off the road and shut your eyes for a bit.
Last, but not least, enjoy your trip and drive safe!