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Tips for Safe Driving on Road Trips

One perk of living in Las Vegas is the accessibility to many different places by simply road tripping. We can get to the beach, or Hollywood within 5 hours, or trek up to Zion in a few hours, or explore Arizona in a similar amount of time. Roadtripping can get you many places around here, and thus, is a popular choice for how to spend weekends or vacations. 

Roadtripping isn’t all fun and games, though. Taking extensive road trips, or even shorter distance ones, can be stressful, exhausting, or frustrating. These intense emotions can prove dangerous on the roads, and precautions should be taken to prevent potential problems. 

Get Your Car Ready

To avoid encountering any issues with your car along the way, be sure to get it inspected before you head out. Check the tires, tread, battery, fluids, brakes, and anything else that may cause a headache on a road trip. This doesn’t guarantee that you won’t hit any bumps in the road, but it can help to catch any existing problems or prevent future ones. 

Get Yourself Ready

It is essential to get as much rest as possible before a road trip, especially if you are the one doing the driving. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, so being well-rested is the best way to stay safe. In addition, stay hydrated and eat good focus-friendly food to give you a boost to start your journey. 

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Get Prepared

You can’t prevent every emergency from happening, but you can get yourself and your car prepared for anything that might come your way. Some good things to have on hand are: 

  • Water
  • Blankets and/or jackets
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares
  • An extra/backup cell phone with full battery
  • First-aid kit
  • Snacks

It may also be helpful to have a plan in place if something should happen. Knowing who to call or what your next steps are can help you maintain composure in the worst case scenario. 

Get Entertained, Not Distracted

If you’re travelling with children, you may know the importance of providing entertainment for them, otherwise, they will become the distraction. The same applies for other passengers. Be sure that there is an adequate amount of in-car activities to do, so the driver can focus on the road. Music may help to entertain the driver, however, excessive volume or other mobile applications can easily become a distraction as well. Learn to balance the two, and always put road safety first. 

There are many ways to make sure the next road trip you take is a safe one. If you happen to be involved in an accident along the way, contact Eric Blank Injury Attorneys for help. 

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