7 Tips for Safe and Happy Road Trips

A road trip is thrilling as well as learning experience. Traveling to new places is a great way to refresh our mood. Our senses are heightened when we travel in regions we have never been before. However, it is crucial to be extra careful while driving on unknown roads, as a little ignorance can harm a lot can and spoil our tour.

So, if you’re planning a road trip with your friends or family on unknown roads, following safety tips can be quite helpful for you.

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Prepare Your Vehicle:

Before heading on a road trip, make sure your vehicle is in a good working order. Since your vehicle will be your home away from home, it is important to check its tires, battery, fluids, air conditioner and seat belts before taking a road trip. Plan in advance for any unforeseen repairs.

Get Adequate Sleep:

You should be as ready as your vehicle. Therefore, take enough sleep before going on a trip. Drive only when you’re well rested. When you start feeling drowsy, take a break, get some fresh air and snacks. It is a good idea to share driving duties with another licensed adult after every few hours.

Keep Safety Supplies in Your Vehicle:

We never expect to break down, run out of petrol, get lost while driving, but unfortunately these things do happen sometimes. Therefore, it is essential to keep an emergency kit before heading on a road trip. Grab all the necessary items with you that you think can be helpful for your road trip. In any case, your safety supplies should include:

  • First aid Kit
  • Water and Snacks
  • Jumper Cables and Flares
  • Weight Distributing Hitches
  • Blankets and Pillows
  • Flashlight
  • Warm Blankets
  • Multipurpose Tool

Wear comfortable clothes while driving.

Ignore Phone Calls:

While receiving a phone call while driving can be dangerous enough. Even if your vehicle has hands-free, talking on the phone can distract you. The activities such as texting while driving can also increase the risk of the accident. So it is better to avoid talking and texting on the phone while driving.

Use Night Vision Goggles:

When you’re driving at night, make sure you have worn night vision goggles otherwise you can be blinded by the headlights of oncoming vehicles. These goggles are easily available in the market and can help you to continue driving at night without any trouble.

Adjust Your Posture:

As slouching can make you feel sleepy, try to sit up straight while driving. Keep your seat height as high as it is comfortable to you. Make sure you have a complete vision of the road. Your head should not hit the roof of your vehicle and your feet should comfortably reach the foot pedals.

Be Alert Be Safe:

Being alert is one of the most important parts of safe driving. Be proactive in every way possible; do not pull over on the side of the road, until it is an emergency. Be cautious of aggressive drivers and keep roadside assistance contact numbers with you for an emergency assistance.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to enjoy your road trip safely.

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  • Thanks for the handy tips. I never thought to keep a pair of night goggles handy

  • Vyjay Rao

    This a truly a great post especially for road trippers. We love road trips and we mostly follow all the tips you have mentioned. Especially the tips on night driving is great. You can avoid accidents with night vision goggles.

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    These are great tips. We do not take many trips but when we do, I try to do many of these.

  • Shannon Graham

    I’m always sure to go through all the details of my vehicle before going on a trip. Our trips are usually super long so I don’t like chancing things.

  • I love that you added the posture! I have a bad back and sitting incorrectly really bugs my back! I usually bring a small pillow with me to help 🙂

  • This is all so important! We do a lot of traveling in summer and most of it is done with us driving. Planning ahead with our car, sleep, safety items and snacks for the kids is key to a good trip for us!

  • Our Family World

    If I could avoid it, I would not drive on unknown roads especially at night. My vehicle is always in tip top shape but you’ll never know what may happen. It scares me to be in a stalled vehicle in the middle of nowhere. Thanks for these tips. I will have to check my emergency kit in my truck and see if there is anything I would need to add before we head on out for another road trip.

  • This is most definitely a useful post, if you are heading off anywhere you need to make sure your car is a good condition.

  • Perfect post, because I’m taking three road trips in August. Having my car ready is always #1 on my list. Safety first!

  • blm03

    These are great tips for road trips! We love road trips and try to take at least one or two every year. It’s so important to make sure your car is ready!

  • Sarah

    These are great tips for a safe road trip. It is so important to have your vehicle checked out before you even get on the road!

  • Robin Rue

    These are awesome tips. For us, as long as we have lots of snacks on hand, we are good to go.

  • Using phones when driving is a no no. It can wait or if you think it’s urgent you can pull over and attend to the call or text. It’s also important to have the right tools in case of emergency.

  • Alli Smith

    One of my pet peeves is people texting and talking on the phone while driving. I see it all the time and it’s so dangerous. I’ve never heard of using night goggles. That’s interesting.

  • Christy Maurer

    An emergency kit is really a must. You never think you’ll need one and hopefully you never will, but there is always a risk!

  • valmg

    Don’t forget cables for charging your phone or an external battery too! I’ve never heard of using night vision goggles while driving before.

  • Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    These are great tips, and I especially like the ones about keeping a first aid kit, blanket, and jumper cables. Too many times I see news stories about families being stranded in the dessert or mountains because their GPS took them the wrong direction. Most of the time they are ill prepared.

  • These are great tips for safe and happy road trips! I’m a huge fan of road trips, whether they be 2 hours or 14 hours! I always make sure to keep plenty of safety supplies, like a first aid kit, on hand (and of course plenty of yummy snacks!).

  • I did not think of using night vision goggles. I hate night time driving because of the bright lights and eyes playing tricks on you. I just might have to try those!