Travel season is quickly approaching, and it’s time to start filling your head with all the crucial pieces of knowledge you need to safely pull off the coolest road trip ever. Your friends and/or family will be grateful when they’re spending their whole vacation laughing and having a good time.
Once you’ve chosen your coveted destination, it’s time to begin preparing all of the other elements of your road trip. Here are a few helpful suggestions for preparing yourself for an extended road trip.
Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip
Driving with a tired mind can cause problems along the way. Some say that tired driving is just as bad as drunk driving, and they could be on to something. When the mind is sleep deprived, you can begin blurring lines on the road.
Your eyes don’t see as well when they’re tired either. It’s important for safety that you don’t push your body too far while driving. Don’t be afraid to give up the wheel if you get too tired.
Take proper care of your eyes on the road
Your eyes are extremely important, as you only get one set to work with throughout your life. Driving long distances can strain your eyes. The sunlight shining down on the asphalt can also put strain on your eyes.
It’s vital that you takes steps (in general and while driving) to protect the integrity of your eyes. The sun’s rays are stressful on your vision, so it’s a good idea to keep a comfortable pair of UV protected sunglasses within reach.
Make certain your vehicle is up for the drive
It’s wise to properly prepare your vehicle before a road trip. There are a few things you can check out on your own to make sure your vehicle is ready for the ride.
Check the brakes.
Check the windshield wipers.
Check all of the vehicle’s fluids.
Check the tread on the tires.
You may want to go a bit further in your preparation and get a tune up. If your vehicle is relatively new, you’re probably cool to skip the tune up.
Limit your distractions as you drive
A safer road trip means driving with less distractions. Keep your cell phone put away or in the window mount. Don’t text while you’re driving, and minimize the other mobile devices pinging away in the vehicle as you drive.
Preplan your route for efficiency
Though you likely have a super smartphone to do your GPS bidding along the way, it’s still a good idea to take a thorough look at your route before you start the trip. Knowing what to expect as you drive will help you feel more comfortable behind the wheel.