Tips for a Safe and Fun Road Trip

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Going on a road trip is a great way to travel to a destination. You can save money, get closer with your friends and family and even stop at different places. However, being unprepared can ruin the whole ride and possibly, your vacation. Fortunately, you can have a safe and fun road trip with these following tips:

Know the Route

There is nothing worse than getting lost in the middle of nowhere. Before you leave, make sure you have gone over the map. It is also essential to list down the names of landmarks you are going to pass by. If you have a smartphone, install it with a map application and bring it with your trip.

Emergency Kit

Accidents can happen when you least expect it. Bring an emergency kit with medicines and first-aid supplies, just in case someone from your group gets sick. You should also bring an emergency kit for your car. This includes flares, markers and an emergency sign.

What to Bring

If your vehicle is small, don’t bring too much luggage, unless you are going to travel alone. Save the space for necessities such as snacks and drinks to pass the time. If you are traveling with children, it is essential to bring books and video games to keep them busy. Also bring toiletries such as hand wipes and paper towels. Proper identification and credit cards are also important, but don’t put it inside in your wallet. As much as possible, make copies and place them inside your car’s compartment. This way, if you wallet gets stolen you will have a back-up.

Prepare Your Car

A road trip wouldn’t be a road trip without a car. Make sure your vehicle is in a top notch shape before taking it out on either short or long drive. Even if it had undergone check-up a month prior to your trip, it is advisable to have it tune-up a week before you leave. The car’s fluids, engine, breaks, tires and lights should be carefully checked. Carry extras of tires and fluids just in case. If you don’t have a car, there are many car rental agencies you can choose from. Depending on your needs, you can drive a small, SUV or luxury car.

Secure Your Home

No matter how fun your trip was, it can turn into a disaster once you find out all your things have been sacked by burglars. Before you embark on a road trip, make sure your house is secured. If not, your property can be an easy target for burglars. Remember to lock the doors and the windows. Switch off the lights and unplug electronic appliances to avoid fires. You can also talk to your neighbor and ask him if he could check your home once in a while.

Know the Laws and the Locals

Be familiar with your destination. Read about the culture, laws and regulations and even the food. You’ll be surprised how these easy tips can ensure a safe and worry-free journey. If you really want an authentic experience, you don’t have to follow by the book. Ask the locals for places such as restaurants and tourism spots you can go to. However, be alert, aware of your surroundings and use common sense.

Traveling by car is a fun and adventurous trip you shouldn’t miss. Follow these tips and you will experience a vacation worth remembering.

Photo credit: Luc B

Hannah Gregorio is working for Redspot, a Brisbane car hire company in Australia.

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