We all love to travel, and having fun with family and friends specially on road trips, on this article that we recommend you read from A to Z to prepare safe road trip with your family or friends, we’ve summed 13 pieces of advice that you should check before starting the engine and hit the road with your family.
Advice N°1 :Don’t Drive Alone
Driving alone is pleasant as long as it is a short road trip. But things can take an unfortunate turn when you’re on a long drive and have something unpleasant or unexpected happen. In such situations, it is good to have someone with you. don’t take the risk alone and take no risks while you carry your family with you.
So for long road trips travel with someone, a good companions can make your trip more fulfilling and enjoyable. But remember never take so many people with you that your vehicle will be too tight, as this can be a nuisance for you and your passengers, especially if, for example, the three of you have to squeeze into the back seat. So only take as many people with you to make everyone comfortably find space in your car and increase travel comfort. Also, make sure to take people with driving licence to take turns driving if you get tired.
Advice N°2: Take Breaks Regularly
Before departure alone or with family, you have to decide where and how long you want to drive. Determine the places where you can rest for a while to relax before continuing. These decisions can also be made spontaneously if you see a nice place along the way and want to stay there for a while.
There are many ways to find the right way, the car’s mobile phone or navigation system offers precise GPS navigation. But make sure your cell phone battery is full before you drive off, and consider alternatives if the battery is actually empty. A guide or map of your destination is also a good choice in such cases if you want to visit several countries with your car, just make sure everyone has internet and full battery.
Advice N°4: Printed Directions Sketch (MAP)
Printing out the street map or the route is a must. A good map is like a guiding star. The cell phone can wake up on the go, but the road map is a reliable companion that will get you to your destination. everything is possible so always make sure you have an alternative “Plan B” for phones.
Advice N°5: Plan a Good Night’s Sleep
Plan where to stay when night falls. It can be a hotel, inn, motel, or hostel where you can park your car and rest for the rest of the night. It is up to you where you can stay according to the budget. Some drivers choose to rest in the back seat of their cars, but it can lead to a sleepless night as the vehicle is usually too small.
Advice N°6: Prevent Vehicle Engine Problems
Your car should be in excellent condition before embarking on a long journey. Engine, tires, rims, brakes, lights, gearbox and everything should work perfectly. A working engine is the most important thing so that you can concentrate on driving.
Check all the switches on the dashboard to make sure they are working. All indicators should be OK and check that the headlights, interior lights, and horn work perfectly. You should know how to change the light bulb if it fails on the way. Gear oil, wipers, brakes, oil, and anti-freeze must be perfect before you set off. If air conditioning, diesel/gas, and the heating system are also working, you are ready to leave.
Advice N°7: Ensure Perfect Vehicle Brakes
Brakes are one of the most important things to check before a long drive. They need to be checked before you go on a trip. You need to know how to deal with it if the brake fails.
Advice N°8: Check The Car Tires
Tires are of the utmost importance and you should make sure that the tire pressure corresponds to the information in your manual. Check the tread and if it has worn off, you must replace the tires before driving. Tires that are inflated too much are just as dangerous as tires with low air pressure. If you are driving in a country where you have to change tires depending on the summer and winter season, it is extremely important to have roads under control even in snow, rain and muddy roads.
If you brake at 50 km / h on a snowy surface, winter tires need 30 meters before they come to a stop, while summer tires need 60 meters to stop. What a difference! You need to know the road conditions and tire requirements of the country in which you are driving. If you have winter tires, you have to face high fines.
Advice N°9: Get Emergency Tools With You
Before leaving, make sure you have a set of tools to make sure you’re ready for any emergency. Every breakdown while driving can become a nightmare without tools. So never forget to take it with you on long journeys.
Advice N°10: Get First Aid Kit For Emergencies
The first aid kit is also important in the event of an accident on the go. Your first aid kit should contain medical and all other important emergency aids.
Advice N°11: Get A List Of Emergency Numbers
A list of all emergency numbers is a must on a long journey. Something unforeseen can happen anywhere and get stuck in a situation like heavy snow or rain can be extremely risky. And if you don’t have an emergency number in the car, it can take a heavy toll.
So make sure you have them with you before you go on your trip. You also need to make sure that your insurance policy includes towing on the highway in the event of a breakdown and we recommend taking out travel insurance. This is the best way to always stay safe while driving.
Advice N°12: Clothing and Replacement Clothing
You have to choose your clothes according to the season and you should also have a blanket with you when you are out in the winter. If your clothing gets wet during a rain shower, it can be harmful to you. You should always have spare clothing with you, as it can protect you from snow, rain and other weather conditions. A blanket is also quite important, especially if you are out and about in the cold season.
Advice N°13: Water and Food
Take dry, long-lasting food and water with you in an emergency. It has been observed that travelers suffered from hunger and thirst in emergencies during the rain or snow season and the stories are sometimes really tragic. It is therefore advisable to have emergency food with you.